Daily World News Digest, 4 March 2015

Belgrade indicts five for war crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina

BalkanInsight reported on 3 March that the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office has indicted five former Bosnian Serb fighters for killing 20 passengers who were abducted from a train in Strpci in Bosnia 22 years ago. The prosecutor’s office on Tuesday issued indictments against Gojko Lukic, Ljubisa Vasiljevic, Dusko Vasiljevic, Jovan Lipovac and Dragana Djekic, all former members of the Bosnian Serb armed forces, for their involvement in the abduction and killing of the civilian victims on 27 February 1993. The bodies have never been found. http://bit.ly/1DLhQr7

New Attorney General in Mexico

Venezuela’s TeleSur network reported on 3 March that former Mexican senator, Arely Gomez Gonzalez was formally sworn in as Attorney General (PGR) on Tuesday and has promised to give priority to high profile cases such as that of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. “The Ayotzinapa case is actually a case where criminal action is being brought against several people. What I want to ensure is that the change of leadership in the PGR will not exhaust the subject or shelve the investigation, the investigation continues, the investigation is open and thus all those who are involved and guilty will be penalized,” Gomez Gonzalez told the Mexican Senate on Monday evening. http://bit.ly/1zXDnvv

Sri Lanka authorities appeal for international trust

The Sri Lanka government website carries a report today on Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, in which he asked the United Nations and the international community to have faith in the new government and support and strengthen it. Among other things, the Foreign Minister noted that the new government has begun a dialogue to learn from the South African “experience of truth-seeking” and that it has invited senior UN human rights officials to visit Sri Lanka. http://bit.ly/1GjooDr

Missing Persons in illegal detention in northern Sri Lanka

The Indian Express reports today that the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has stated that many Tamils who disappeared during the war are in unofficial government detention. Many of the detainees have not been charged despite long incarceration. http://bit.ly/1BSpogT

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.