Daily World News Digest, 5 December 2016

Missing children in Northern Ireland

The Belfast Telegraph reports today that police have investigated nearly 2,700 reports of young people going missing from children’s homes in Northern Ireland in the last year. The shocking total is equivalent to almost eight cases a day and cost the Police Service in Northern Ireland more than £3m. The figures also account for almost a quarter of the 12,189 missing persons cases investigated by officers in the 12 months to April 2016. http://bit.ly/2fYStm1   

Ireland: families of missing persons plead for more resources  

The Irish Examiner reported on 3 December that the families of two missing women are appealing for more resources for the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT), a unit of the Irish police that was established in 2007 to work on cases of people who have been missing for extended periods of time. Relatives of Jo Jo Dollard, missing for 21 years, and Deirdre Jacob, who vanished from outside her home 18 years ago, are calling for additional resources for the SCRT. Ahead of National Missing Persons Day on 7 December, Deirdre’s father Michael Jacob expressed concern that the SCRT is lacking vital resources, noting that there are only two senior police officers managing the SCRT, with a team assisting them, that could be asked to work elsewhere on other business at any time. http://bit.ly/2gFTz5j

Uganda: Government halts plans for mass burial of unidentified victims 

NTV10, a TV station from Uganda, reported on 2 December that the Government had halted burials in mass graves of unidentified victims of an attack by Ugandan army and police units on the palace of the king of the Rwenzururu kingdom in Western Uganda on 27 November. The bodies will now be buried in individual graves after tissue samples have been taken for future DNA identification. http://bit.ly/2gFNXI6       

Cyprus seeks Turkey’s co-operation over missing

The Cyprus Mail reported yesterday that Cyprus will ask the Council of Europe (CoE) to make a request to Turkey to grant access to its military records regarding the location of mass graves in the north of the island. According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) the Republic of Cyprus, which chairs the CoE’s Committee of Ministers until May 2017, is to submit a memo on the issue, next week. The Cyprus government aims to raise the matter at the meeting of the CoE’s Committee of Ministers, between 6 and 8 December in Strasbourg, where the issue of the missing will be discussed together with Ankara’s compliance with the relevant decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), CNA said. The government wants Turkey to give access to military records and to provide information on the relocation of remains. http://bit.ly/2gXDhoW

Six Bosnian Serbs indicted over Srebrenica killings

Reuters reported on 2 December that a Bosnian war crimes prosecutor indicted six Bosnian Serbs on Friday on charges of killing at least 40 Muslims and Roma early in the 1990s conflict and attacking about 1,000 people from the Srebrenica area in eastern Bosnia. More than 20 years after the 1992-95 war ended, many suspected war criminals remain at large and victims are still being found in mass graves. The six men, who were officials at the Bosnian Serb headquarters in the village of Skelani, are accused of killing civilians, including children. http://reut.rs/2gFTKO7 

Pakistan parliamentarians criticize ministry over missing persons

AAJ News, a news agency from Pakistan, reported on 3 December that a parliamentary body on Friday expressed disapproval over the slow response by the Interior Ministry to a request from the committee for a report on the implementation of its recommendations in regard to 300 missing persons. Parliamentarians complained of “non-seriousness and delay” on the part of the Ministry. http://bit.ly/2grP3o5

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.