Daily World News Digest, 4 February 2015


ICJ: Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide

On 3 February The Jurist reported Tuesday’s verdict of the International Court of Justice that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another’s citizens during the 1990s conflict. While the court recognized that genocidal acts were perpetrated by both sides, neither side could provide sufficient evidence to prove the necessary specific intent to commit genocide. The court also noted that it could only judge the genocide claims under the Geneva Convention, and acknowledged that further crimes may have been committed by Serbia and Croatia. http://bit.ly/18MGlw8

Serbia and Croatia must provide justice for victims

Amnesty International issued a statement on 3 February calling on Serbia and Croatia to focus their efforts on ensuring accountability for crimes against humanity and war crimes and reparation for victims at the national level, following the ICJ ruling. “The fact that the court was unable to find the necessary intent on either side to commit genocide does not change the fact, as the Court itself acknowledged, that crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed by individuals on both sides,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe and Central Asia. “Twenty years on, it is a scandal that the issue of missing persons remains unresolved. Both Serbia and Croatia must urgently act to provide justice for those who have been ignored for so long.” http://bit.ly/1vs0Vwq

Josipovic: Focus now on finding missing persons

On 3 February, Belgrade-based B92 reported a statement by current Croatian President Ivo Josipovic expressing dissatisfaction with the ICJ judgment.  However, Josipovic, who helped draft the lawsuit against Serbia, said Serbia and Croatia must now focus on finding missing persons and that it was a responsibility of all countries to prosecute war crimes. http://bit.ly/1u6ObKt

Tsipras concludes Cyprus visit with pledge on missing persons

The Greek Reporter noted on 3 February that during his visit to Cyprus, the first overseas trip since his election on 26 January, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met the relatives of missing persons and pledged that the Greek government will do its utmost to contribute to the solution of the long-standing problem of missing persons in Cyprus. Tsipras said Greece will take action both at an international and European level. http://bit.ly/1BTZW4L

Pakistan court orders authorities to report on missing persons

Pakistan’s ARY News reported on 3 February that the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Northwest Pakistan to submit reports on missing persons in the province within two weeks.  The court expressed “extreme displeasure” over the non-identification of mutilated bodies that have been found in the province and that have not been handed over to families. http://bit.ly/16dBBOf

Families of the missing demonstrate in Sri Lanka

The TamilNet website reported on 3 February that relatives of forcibly disappeared persons in Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka staged a protest on Monday calling on new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to take action to establish the whereabouts of their family members. Protesters complained that President Sirisena has done little in his first 100 days to address the issue of missing persons. http://bit.ly/1zReuqA

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.