Daily World News Digest, 31 August 2016

Over 10,000 Still Missing from Yugoslav Wars

BalkanInsight reported on 30 August that 10,653 persons are still missing in the former Yugoslavia but the process of finding them is being hampered by divisions between countries in the region, according to the Serbian authorities. To mark the International Day of the Disappeared on Tuesday, Serbian officials and missing persons’ associations told a press conference in Belgrade that finding the 10,653 people who disappeared during the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s remains a critical priority. They also said that more than 4,000 of the missing are Serbs. http://bit.ly/2bB7wuW

Amnesty: The Day of The Disappeared

Amnesty International reported on 30 August that governments around the world are consistently using enforced disappearances to secure their own power and silence opposition. “Amnesty International campaigns on hundreds of cases of enforced disappearance in all regions of the world. This Day of the Disappeared, our millions of supporters globally will press governments who employ enforced disappearances to stop using this cruel tactic once and for all,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General. http://bit.ly/2bB7gvX

Action for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Amnesty International UK reported on 30 August that a staggering 30,000 people disappeared in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-95-armed conflict. More than 21 years later, 8,000 people are still missing. The article notes that this figure is difficult to comprehend, “let alone the hundreds of thousands of loved ones affected – for they are also victims. Those still waiting for the truth to be uncovered suffer ongoing pain from this continuous crime.” http://bit.ly/2bFoEQS

Kenya: Set up judicial inquiry into enforced disappearances

Amnesty International issued a statement on 30 August caling on the Kenyan government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances. Kenyan and global human rights organizations have documented more than 300 cases of individuals who have gone missing while in the hands of security agencies since 2009, some of whom have later been found killed. http://bit.ly/2cb7nDb

Enforced disappearances in Pakistan

The Express Tribune reports today that civil society activists and lawyers held demonstrations in several cities in Pakistan on Tuesday to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. In Lahore, activists and lawyers gathered in front of the Press Club for a demonstration organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. http://bit.ly/2cdNwDs

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.