Daily World News Digest, 28 June 2017

Netherlands found partially liable for Srebrenica deaths

Balkan Insight reported on Tuesday that the appeals court in The Hague has ruled that the Dutch state was partly liable for the deaths of some 300 Bosniak men who were forced out of a Dutch UN peacekeepers’ base near Srebrenica in July 1995 and subsequently killed by Bosnian Serb forces. The court ruled that the Dutch state is liable for around 30 per cent of any damages awarded to the victims’ relatives, because it said it was not clear whether the men would have been killed anyway even if they were allowed to remain inside the base. The ruling only applies to around 300 Bosniaks who had taken refuge at the base in Potocari, not to the rest of around 8,000 Bosniaks from Srebrenica who were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 – a crime classified as genocide by international court decisions. http://bit.ly/2shu3pb

25 migrants found dead on Libya coast

The Daily Mail carried an AFP report yesterday saying that the bodies of at least 25 migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe were found near Tripoli on Tuesday, according to the Libyan Red Crescent. Some of the corpses were washed ashore on a beach near the Libyan capital, but most were on rocks off the suburb of Tajoura in a state of decomposition, an AFP photographer at the scene said. The onset of warm weather has seen a surge in migrants boarding boats for the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. http://dailym.ai/2sZPn4x

Protestors in Mexico demand justice in cases of enforced disappearance

Mexico News Daily reported on 27 June that barricades have been erected at 16 locations in the state of Oaxaca in southwest Mexico by protestors demanding progress on investigations into missing persons cases. A spokesperson for the protestors, Eleazar Ortiz, said the first demand is the presentation alive of all of Mexico’s missing persons (numbering more than 30,000) as well as the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014. The protestors are also demanding justice in cases such as the clash between security forces and protesters blocking a highway that left eight people dead in the town of Nochixtlán in Oaxaca in June last year. http://bit.ly/2s14s4z

Kidnapped reporter found dead in Mexico

Voice of America reported on 26 June that the burned remains of a missing journalist have been found in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan. Salvador Adame was director of the local television station 6TV. He was kidnapped on May 18 in the city of Nueva Italia, 400 kilometers west of Mexico City. State officials said Monday the man’s remains were found in the middle of June. Officials identified the victim by genetic tests. Seven journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year. Adame’s kidnapping came three days after the murder of leading journalist Javier Valdez in Sinaloa state. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says 40 reporters have been killed in Mexico for reasons linked to their work since 1992. http://bit.ly/2tnsvyO

Thailand urged to fulfill pledge to end torture

On 26 June, Human Rights Watch issued a statement calling on the Thai government to fulfill past pledges to make torture a criminal offense. HRW noted that the government has created a committee to receive complaints and investigate allegations of torture and enforced disappearance, “but without a law recognizing these crimes, the new body can do little beyond providing compensation for victims and their families.” Thailand must recognize “that the absence of a law prohibiting torture only encourages mistreatment of people in custody,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Without any real prospect of punishment, the Thai military and police will keep torturing suspects.” http://bit.ly/2siH7dC

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.