Daily World News Digest, 4 June 2016

7,000 died at the Nigerian military’s hands

Amnesty International issued a report on 3 June stating that since 2011 the Nigerian military has arrested at least 20,000 people in northeast Nigeria on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. More than 7,000 suspects died in military detention from torture, starvation, disease or were simply shot Amnesty says. In its report Amnesty International found that these acts amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Nigerian military has also executed more than 1,200 people. One of the most horrific mass extrajudicial executions by the military happened on 14 March 2014 in Maiduguri, Borno state. In the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on the military detention facility at Giwa barracks during which the detainees were released, the military killed at least 640 men and boys, most of them recaptured detainees, the Amnesty report says. Amnesty released video evidence of the Nigerian military cutting the throats of some of these men and boys. http://bit.ly/1KMI1Gb

Nearly 1,200 servicemen, civilians missing in Donbas

Interfax reported on 3 June that a total of 1,179 persons have gone missing in the army operation zone in eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian Security Service Main Investigative Department head Vasyl Vovk. “As of 9 a.m. on 3 June 2015, 1,179 persons are missing,” he said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday. The number is being constantly updated, he added. “Some persons are found while other missing person reports are being filed,” he said. The Ukrainian Security Service is trying to find these people, servicemen, volunteers and civilians, Vovk added. http://bit.ly/1AP8M9u

Bosnian Serb leader discusses life after guilty verdict

BalkanInsight reported on 3 June that former Bosnian Serb parliament speaker and Hague convict Momcilo Krajisnik says he has struggled to live with being labeled a war criminal, and wants to clear his name. Sitting in a cramped office above a small petrol station run by his son in the town of Pale, above Sarajevo, 70-year-old Krajisnik told BIRN that during the nine years he spent in the courtrooms of the Hague Tribunal, he survived three trials. He described the first as a “theater show in the courtroom”; the second was the public perception of people in his own country about his guilt, and the third was his own conscience. In his first trial, he was found guilty in 2009 of crimes against humanity for taking part in the persecution and deportation of non-Serb civilians from ten Bosnian municipalities. http://bit.ly/1G86iDQ

Have MH370 searchers given up on finding missing jet?

The Telegraph carried a story on 3 June saying that the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will not be expanded beyond its current search area unless there are specific new leads, Australian officials said Wednesday. In April, more than a year after the plane vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 mostly Chinese people on board, Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the search zone would double in size. This boosted the area of the remote southern Indian Ocean being scoured by three specialist vessels to 46,300 square miles. But it will not be expanded any further, the Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in an update. More than 50,000 square kilometers of the seafloor have been scoured so far with no trace of the jet, JACC said, and with the onset of winter and poor weather the operation is slowing down. http://bit.ly/1KOcaoG

Forensic science in search of the “disappeared”

SciDevNet reported on 3 June that Guatemala’s method of uncovering human rights violations can help other post-conflict areas, according to Fredy Peccerelli, a forensic anthropologist and Director of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala in Guatemala City. “During Guatemala’s internal armed conflict (1960-1996) almost 200,000 people are thought to have been killed or ‘disappeared’ at the hands of repressive and violent regimes. Those lives matter. Their families’ demands are clear: they want to know what happened to their loved ones and they want their remains returned,” Peccerelli wrote. “They need truth and justice. Using forensic sciences, the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) is assisting families by returning their loved ones’ remains, promoting justice, and setting the historical record straight. The FAFG team applies techniques drawn from criminology, forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, forensic genetics and social anthropology in a multidisciplinary human identification system.” http://bit.ly/1HK50eN

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.