Daily World News Digest, 6 March 2019

Regional cooperation is the key to finding the wartime missing

Regional cooperation and a sustained commitment by governments to move forward with their respective missing persons strategies are key to finding those who are still missing from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), wrote in an article that appeared in Balkan Insight today.  http://bit.ly/2HkyYRd

Malaysia opens new probe into mass graves

Malaysia’s new government has reopened an investigation into mass graves of Rohingya and Bangladeshi trafficking victims discovered in the jungle along the Thai border in 2015, Radio Free Asia reports. In late May 2015, Malaysian police disclosed that they had unearthed 106 sets of human remains from 139 graves at abandoned human-smuggling camps near Wang Kelian. Officials arrested 12 police along with several foreign nationals soon after the discovery. http://bit.ly/2IUlP3C

Sri Lanka: forensic investigation related to largest mass grave

Al Jazeera reports that results will be revealed soon following forensic examination of more than 300 sets of human remains found in March last year in the town of Mannar, in the north of Sri Lanka. Investigators are trying to determine if the grave is related to the war or to natural disaster or non-conflict crime. http://bit.ly/2EOCiCC

Burundi closes UN human rights office

Burundi has closed a UN human rights office that has been operating in the country since 1995 as the government maintains it has made sufficient progress in creating national mechanisms to protect human rights, eliminating the need for the UN office, Digital Journal reports. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says UN human rights staff have continued to receive allegations of serious rights violations, including killings and enforced disappearances. http://bit.ly/2EOqZtV

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.