Daily World News Digest, 8 June 2015

Serbia and RS under Western pressure over Srebrenica

The b92 news portal carried a story by Vecernje Novosti on 4 June that Belgrade and Banja Luka are under pressure to send top political officials to the marking of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre. According to the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti, this “behind the scenes foreign policy strike” is most felt by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and by Milorad Dodik, president of the smaller of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two Entities – “since influential Western circles wish to see precisely these two at the commemoration.” The current diplomatic “recommendations” could, allegedly, culminate on 9 July, two days before the Srebrenica gathering, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected in Belgrade and then in Sarajevo. http://bit.ly/1KcLrks

Issue of missing must be addressed in Kosovo

Fair Observer carried an interview on 7 June with EU Special Representative in Kosovo Samuel Zbogar, who noted that the European Union publishes a Progress Report every autumn, where one of the chapters is explicitly dedicated to human rights, including freedom of expression, religious rights and gender issues. In the context of Kosovo, one of the most flagrant questions is the return of missing [people], refugees or internally displaced persons. http://bit.ly/1KPk6CR

Sri Lanka missing persons commission to submit final report

The Colombo Page news portal reported on 6 June that the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) in Sri Lanka will present its final report in August, according to Commission Secretary H W Gunadasa, quoted by the Press Trust of India. He said international experts appointed to advise the Commission are assisting in preparation of the final report, and the number of commissioners will be increased from three to five, with the names of recomended candidates to be released next week. The three-member Commission headed by retired judge Maxwell Paranagama was appointed in 2013 by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. http://bit.ly/1GkiPUz

Irish navy plays key role as 6,000 more migrants rescued

The Independent news portal from Ireland carried a story today that the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne is expected to arrive at an Italian port with almost 400 migrants rescued at sea over the weekend. This brings to 1,150 the total number of migrants that the Irish ship has saved since it departed from Cork on May 15. On Saturday, the crew rescued 310 migrants from a barge. From there they went on to rescue 89 more people from two “inflatable crafts” just 75km north of Libya. The Irish team were then instructed to bring the 280 men, 78 women and 41 children on board to the Italian port of Taranto. The UNHCR believes that up to 90,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa since the beginning of this year. More than 1,800 are believed to have drowned or are missing at sea. http://bit.ly/1dpNggV

Deportation of illegal migrants remains a farce

The Assam Tribune reported on 7 June that the process of detection and deportation remains “a farce” even after the scrapping of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act by the Indian Supreme Court, as the Government of Bangladesh often refuses to accept those sought to be deported as its own citizens, while, taking advantage of the loopholes in the system, the suspects manage to escape when their cases are tried by the tribunals set up under the provisions of the Foreigner’s Act. Following objections from Bangladesh, the Government of India introduced a new system of deportation of foreigners in 2013, which is a lengthy process and prevents forcible push back of foreigners. http://bit.ly/1KPfyfX

Malaysia mountain quake: Eleven dead and eight missing

The BBC reported on 6 June that eleven people have died and eight others are missing after an earthquake near Malaysia’s highest peak. The bodies were recovered from Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, after a 6.0 magnitude quake triggered landslides. Some 137 climbers were stranded on the mountain for several hours but have now made it to safety. Local media say a Singaporean girl and a local guide are among the dead. Bad weather hampered rescue efforts on Friday, preventing helicopters from landing on the mountain.  http://bbc.in/1MsmQHE

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.