Daily World News Digest, 29 June 2017

10 more mass graves uncovered in central Congo

Business Insider reported on Tuesday that 10 more mass graves have been found in the region of central Congo where it had previously been estimated that 3,300 people had died. Red Cross officials uncovered the graves and alerted the armed forces to the site. Major General Joseph Ponde told journalists that seven of the ten newly uncovered mass graves were located in Diboko. These mass graves add to the previously documented 42 mass graves found in the Kasai provinces, where violence erupted last August over the killing of a traditional chief by the military. http://read.bi/2t35G0w

No mass grave found in Kizevak, Serbia after 140 days of excavation

Novinite, a Bulgarian news agency, reported on Tuesday that forensics experts have determined that there is no mass grave at Kizevak, near Raska in Serbia. Excavation work began following reports of a mass grave containing the bodies of Albanians killed during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo. After 140 days of work at the site, no human remains have been found and the work has been brought to an end, the Kosovo Department of Forensic Medicine said.  http://bit.ly/2t3vZUa

Italy considers closing its ports to boats carrying migrants

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the Italian government is considering preventing boats carrying migrants from landing at its ports, after nearly 11,000 refugees arrived on its shores in the space of five days. Italian ambassador to the EU Maurizio Massari has been instructed to raise the issue formally with the European Commission to seek permission for a drastic revision of EU asylum procedures. The EU’s 28 leaders agreed last week that Italy and Greece should receive more help to manage arrivals. http://bit.ly/2s3e4eN

China bans use of torture, forced confessions

Times Live from South Africa carried an AFP story on Tuesday saying that the Chinese Supreme Court has banned the use of evidence obtained by police and prosecutors using torture and illegal detention. Chinese courts have a near-perfect conviction rate of 99.92 percent. Human rights groups have long voiced concerns over wrongful verdicts owing to heavy reliance on forced confessions and a lack of effective defence in criminal trials. http://bit.ly/2ts0Bll

Leahy Law prohibits US assistance to human rights abusers

Just Security ran a story on Tuesday concerning the “Leahy Law”, the colloquial term for the provision of the US Foreign Assistance Act and its partner provision in the US National Defense Authorization Act. The Leahy Law is designed to prevent US-funded assistance abroad from falling into the hands of forces or individuals who have committed gross human rights violations. The law allows for the restoration of US assistance once violators have been held accountable. Human rights advocates have raised concerns that the law is not being applied rigorously enough. http://bit.ly/2sjylkI

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.