Daily World News Digest 31 July 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: new clandestine graves discovered

The remains of at least two people have been found in a clandestine grave near Jajce in central Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), Balkan Insight reports. The remains are believed to be of Serbs killed in the 1992-1995 war. The BIH Missing Persons Institute has announced that in a separate discovery the incomplete remains of at least three people have been exhumed from a site near Mostar. https://bit.ly/2YxYrvw

Southeast Europe: regional cooperation on missing persons

Representatives of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovian and Serbia responsible for accounting for missing persons have signed documents on cooperation, N1 reports. There are still 12,000 missing persons from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, while a large number of human remaijns in mortuaries in the region have not yet been identified. https://bit.ly/2LQU7We

Mozambique: amnesty law criticized

An amnesty law has been approved by Mozambique’s Parliament that exempts government and opposition forces from prosecution for crimes committed between 2014 and 2016, Human Rights Watch reports. This is the fourth amnesty law in Mozambique’s history and HRW argues that “none of them brought lasting political stability or peace nor an end to the human rights abuses,” adding that amnesties “deny justice to victims and fuel future abuses”. https://bit.ly/2yBQKdn

Exhumation of notorious US gangster

The body of the notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger is expected to be exhumed in September at an Indianapolis cemetery, more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents, The Guardian reports. It quotes a historian as saying that exhuming the remains “could resolve conspiracy theories that the man some considered a hero during the Great Depression isn’t buried in his marked grave”.  https://bit.ly/2YGyVsg


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.