Daily World News Digest, 28 May 2019

Syria: Smuggled documents reveal war crimes

CNN reports that 800,000 documents have been smuggled out of Syria by a group of investigators, revealing war crimes including the torture and killing of detainees, allegedly carried out by the Assad regime. The investigators have become known as the “document hunters”. https://cnn.it/2YRmm9G

Serbia urged to reveal locations of mass graves

The family of three Albanian-American brothers killed in Serbia have urged Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to pressure Vlastimir Djordjevic, a former police official convicted of Kosovo war crimes, to reveal the location of mass graves, Balkan Insight reports. Djordjevic was jailed for 18 years by the Hague Tribunal for war crimes in Kosovo and could be due for early release on 17 June after serving two-thirds of his sentence. https://bit.ly/30PhtzF

Memorial for genocide victims in northern Iraq

Kurdistan 24 reports that the Mayor of Sinjar in northern Iraq has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to build a memorial to Yezidi genocide victims. The authorities, together with UNITAD, began exhuming bodies from mass graves in Sinjar on 15 March. UNITAD says 12 of 80 mass graves have been excavated. https://bit.ly/2I0w1Ee

Human Rights Watch reports abuses in Egypt

Human Rights Watch reports that the military and police forces in Egypt “have committed human rights abuses that amount to war crimes against civilians”. The HRW report covers violence since 2013, which it says includes mass arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture. https://bit.ly/2JHJwf4

Pakistan: Amnesty calls for probe in activist killings

Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into the killing of three activists during a deadly clash on Sunday between Pakistani troops and protesters near the Afghan border, AFP reports. The activists were demonstrating against enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. https://soc.att.com/2WxhEQS

Four bodies found on Mount Everest

The Nepali Times reports that a team of climbers tasked with cleaning up base camps on Mount Everest have found the human remains of four climbers. The bodies have been dug out of the ice and brought down the mountain. https://bit.ly/2YOrdZp

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.