Daily World News Digest, 3 April 2019

Sweden supports ICMP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Swedish government will provide the International Commission on Missing Persons with additional funds to implement its program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FENA news agency reports. ICMP is helping the authorities to address the issue of unidentified remains held in BIH mortuaries. It is also providing Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology assistance, while ensuring that Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to have access to ICMP’s DNA testing and matching technology for human identification. http://bit.ly/2uFMXJI

Spain: identifying Civil War victims

The authorities in Spain estimate that just six percent of the 114,000 unidentified Civil War victims buried in mass graves can be identified, the Ok Diario news portal reports. The article states that locating graves and securing access is a challenge, as is the deterioration of human remains as a result of exposure to the elements (original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2WJOnz8

Syria: arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reports that there were 357 arbitrary arrests in Syria in March, categorizing 162 cases as enforced disappearances. The SNHR has called for international monitoring of arbitrary arrests in Syria. https://bit.ly/2FUpBq8

Uruguay: military officials dismissed over historical disappearance

Uruguay President Tabaré Vázquez has dismissed the defense minister and senior military officials for allegedly covering up human rights abuses committed during military rule, the BBC reports. It says they were dismissed for failing to pass on information about the disappearance of a left-wing rebel in 1973. An estimated 7,000 political prisoners were held during the period of military rule and almost 200 are still missing. https://bbc.in/2TSs6Ny

Chile to present report on enforced disappearances

Chile will report on forced disappearances that occurred during the Pinochet dictatorship to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances in Geneva on 9 and 10 April, according to the Bio Bio news portal (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2OLDpGA

Thousands still missing from Cyclone Idai

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has announced the end of the official search for victims of Cyclone Idai. However, Aljazeera reports that rescue teams operated by aid agencies continue to search for thousands of missing persons. https://bit.ly/2CRhN6Z

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.