Daily World News Digest, 26 September 2018

Exhibition by a Colombian artist on Victims of War

In an interview with the Times, Colombian artist Doris Salcedo talked about her new exhibition in London, which remembers victims of war. For more than 30 years, Ms Salcedo has responded to the experience of conflict with dramatic installations. Ten years ago, she created the Plegaria Muda, which addresses forced disappearances, it is made up of tables with upturned tables on top, with a layer of soil between them. While researching the art work, Salcedo visited mass graves in Colombia with grieving mothers in search of their missing sons. https://bit.ly/2xFa758

UN Fact-Finding Mission reports on Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis at the Human Rights Council

The chair of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, delivered a speech at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, on releasing the final report on the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. The report accused the armed forces of Myanmar (Tatmadaw) of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state and other ethnic minorities in Shan and Kachin states. Mr Darusman attributed a broad set of serious war crimes to Tatmadaw, including murder, enslavement, sexual violence, imprisonment, torture and enforced disappearance. https://bit.ly/2xQl5nl

Doubts over Sri Lanka’s political will to find its disappeared persons

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a cabinet committee to implement urgent recommendations of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) addressing the issue of enforced disappearances. Meanwhile, the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) based in South Africa, expressed in a press release, its concerns that the appointment of this sub-committee could be a delaying tactic to further undermine the process, especially as there is no timeline given for its activities. https://bit.ly/2xPpHdK

Srebrenica victim testifies at Belgrade court

The Balkans Insight reported that witness Saliha Osmanovic testified at Belgrade Higher Court on the massacre of men from Srebrenica in the village of Kravica in 1995, saying that Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic told her and other Bosniaks gathered in Potocari near Srebrenica after it fell to Bosnian Serb forces: “You could survive or you could disappear.” The witness’s husband and son tried to reach the town of Tuzla on foot, but were captured and she never saw them again. https://bit.ly/2NFCyKi

Items in the 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.