Daily World News Digest, 26 March 2015


Bosnian Serb leader calls for Srebrenica “Truth Commission”

Balkan Insight reports today on the fall-out from an interview given by Milorad Dodik, president of the predominantly Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the Serbian newspaper Politika on Wednesday. Among other things, Dodik characterized the Srebrenica massacre as “the biggest stain on the Serbs and an act of cowardice,” and he calls for “a new international commission to establish the truth of what happened”. Balkan Insight quotes Munira Subasic of the Association of Mothers of the Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves as saying that numerous court verdicts have already clearly determined what happened in Srebrenica in July 1995. It also quotes President of the Women of Srebrenica Association Hajra Catic as saying that Dodik is trying to “change the facts about Srebrenica.” Both Subasic and Catic said they considered the idea of setting up a new commission 20 years after the crime to be an insult. http://bit.ly/1OyNKjg

No one knows how many mass graves have been found in Mexico

The Buzz Feed News news portal reports today that hundreds of mass graves have been discovered across Mexico, but the authorities are not making a coordinated record of the graves or their contents. BuzzFeed News filed public records requests to all 32 states and the federal government, asking for a list of mass graves discovered since December 2006, when former president Felipe Calderón assumed office and launched his war on organized crime. The request also sought the number of remains found in each mass grave, their gender and state of decomposition, and how many have been identified. It said the authorities have been unable to produce accurate or comprehensive figures. http://bzfd.it/1E38WuG

Egypt abducts and tortures students, claims human rights group

The Middle East Monitor news portal reported on 25 March that the NGO Human Rights Monitor has accused the Egyptian government of targeting university students for abduction and tortured. HRM says it has proof that the authorities are guilty of these charges. It has called on the UN to intervene and protect the students and send a fact-finding mission to Egypt. “Arresting citizens and hiding them is a repeated scenario being carried out by the Egyptian authorities,” it said. http://bit.ly/1OA9tHJ

British MPs call for an end to forced disappearances in Bangladesh

The Daily Star newspaper from Bangladesh reports today that ten British lawmakers have initiated a move to put pressure on the Bangladesh government to end enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. A motion tabled in the British parliament on Monday cites “the lack of a free and open democratic process in Bangladesh,” and refers to the recent disappearance of BNP Joint-Secretary Salahuddin Ahmed. “There have been many other disappearances, including that of BNP leader Ilyas Ali in 2012, who has still not been located,” the motion reads, adding that “Human Rights Watch has said that the Bangladesh government has a history of failing to investigate the enforced disappearance of opposition members.” http://bit.ly/1BrOtsy

New UK legislation to support families of missing persons welcomed

The York Press in the United Kingdom reported on 25 March that the father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence has welcomed a new law which will help families of missing people. The Government has announced proposed changes to the current guardianship law to make it easier for families to deal with absent family members’ property and financial affairs, and will allow them to suspend direct debits for mobile phone and utility bills, or to make mortgage payments. Peter Lawrence, who has campaigned for the changes with the charity Missing People for several years, said he was pleased to see life would be made simpler for families with missing relatives – who could be appointed as a guardian for the missing person by a court for four years at a time. http://bit.ly/1EH4aOq

Items in Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff.  These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.