Daily World News Digest 29 August 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: ICMP assists in identifying victims

Equal Times, the publication of the international trade union movement, reports on the effort in Bosnia and Herzegovina to account for thousands of missing persons. The article highlights “the meticulous work done by the forensic team of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)” in helping the domestic authorities to identify almost 200 victims of the 1992 massacre at Koricanske cliff in northern Bosnia. http://bit.ly/32ahHRV

The missing persons process in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Although a huge number of persons missing as a result of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) have been accounted for, 7,000 people are still missing, a spokeswoman for the BIH Missing Persons Institute told N1. She said “the search process has entered the most difficult stage. Given the time that has passed and the changes in the field, it is hard to get correct information that would lead to mass grave sites.” http://bit.ly/2ZufG1b

Remains of three Srebrenica victims found

The human remains of at least three persons have been exhumed in an area between Kladanj and Vlasenica, west of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Times reports. According to the Missing Persons Institute, it is believed that the remains are of Srebrenica victims. http://bit.ly/34760NJ

Accounting for the missing in Colombia

El Universal newspaper in Colombia reports on the three-day “Meeting for Truth” organized in Pasto in the south of the country by the Truth Commission and the Search Unit for Persons Listed as Disappeared. Truth Commission President Father Francisco De Roux Rengifo emphasized the need to hear testimony from all sides and the importance of accounting for all those who went missing, regardless of politics or geography. The head of ICMP’s Colombia program, Andreas Forer, participated in the public discussion that was part of the event (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2zvrp52

Syria: enforced disappearances

The families of tens of thousands of people who have been forcibly disappeared or abducted since the onset of the crisis in Syria in 2011 have suffered years of agony in the face of government denials and insufficient support from the international community, Amnesty International said today. According to the UN, around 100,000 people have been detained, abducted or gone missing in Syria since 2011. At least 90,000 of these are believed to have been arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared by government forces, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. http://bit.ly/2MKacgO

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.