Daily World News Digest, 29 March 2019

Iraq: exhuming Yezidi victims

In recent weeks, Iraqi and UN workers have exhumed what they believe to be the remains of 30 bodies of Yezidi victims of Da’esh from one of the dozens of mass graves in Iraq, Voice of America reports. UN officials say they have sent the remains located to Baghdad for identification and plan to return to mass gravesites to continue their work in May. http://bit.ly/2UjAfPw

Malaysia: family of missing pastor’s wife seeks government help

The family of Indonesian national Ruth Sitepu who was reported missing in Malaysia three years ago, is urging the country’s government to locate her, Yahoo Singapore reports. Ruth is the wife of Malaysian Pastor Joshua Hilmy, both whom were last seen on 30 November 2016 and are believed to be victims of enforced disappearance. http://bit.ly/2FFFpM7

Radar-aided Kosovo war grave search yields no results

An excavation in the village of Kishnica in the Gracanica municipality in Kosovo, launched after searches last year using ground-penetrating radar equipment, has found no human remains from the 1998-99 war, Kosovo’s Missing Persons Commission told Balkan Insight. The UN used the ground-penetrating radar equipment for the first time in Kosovo and Serbia to detect the presence of bones at a depth of up to 12 meters in an attempt to locate potential gravesites. The Kosovo authorities said that if the radar method turns out to be effective, it can be used again in other searches for missing persons. A total of 1,648 people are still listed as missing from the war in Kosovo. http://bit.ly/2HZzynZ

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 11,901 in 2019; Deaths Reach 311

The International Organization for Migration reports that 11,901 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 27 March this year. At the same time, 311 persons are believed to have died on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes, to Italy, Spain and Greece. http://bit.ly/2U3Xuhg

UN urges Eritrea to investigate extrajudicial killings

A UN human rights watchdog has urged Eritrea to investigate allegations of extrajudicial killings by its security forces and resolve the fate of dozens of missing detainees, Reuters reports. A separate UN Commission of Inquiry accused Eritrean leaders in 2016 of crimes against humanity including murder, torture, rape, and enslaving hundreds of thousands. https://reut.rs/2U2VeXn

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.