Daily World News Digest, 8 March 2016

UN raps Bosnia for violating war widow’s rights

Balkan Insight reported today that the UN’s Human Rights Committee has said that Bosnia and Herzegovina must find and prosecute those responsible for the disappearance of Salih Dovadzija and allow members of his family “psychological rehabilitation and adequate reparations”, his widow’s legal representative told. “The country is also obligated to stop similar offences in the future and must ensure that information about investigations into enforced disappearances be open and available to families of missing persons,” the committee said in a statement last week. Sakiba Dovadzija told that her husband was arrested and detained by Bosnian Serb forces and never seen alive again. After 23 years, his remains were found in the Pale municipality. http://bit.ly/1p4g6ZY

ICMP and GRULAC countries discuss issue of missing and disappeared persons

El Ojo Digital, a news portal from Argentine, reported on 7 March that Colombia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Juan Jose Quintana, hosted a meeting of diplomats from the Group of Latin American Countries (GRULAC) in The Hague to highlight the work of the ICMP and to discuss the issue of missing and disappeared persons in the region. Countries in Latin America face complex challenges related to accounting for missing persons. In some cases the numbers run into the tens of thousands.  http://bit.ly/1p4f4Nz

Race doesn’t play a role in missing persons cases, Winnipeg police say

CBC News carried a story on 7 March saying that the Winnipeg Police Service responded Monday to an emotional letter written by a teenage girl accusing the police of treating cases of missing indigenous persons differently than those of non-indigenous people. She has noticed that missing indigenous girls are not afforded the same courtesies by the community. “The WPS as a whole and our missing persons unit — our detectives and our coordinators — care about every missing persons report and we strive hard to reach a successful outcome on all of our missing person files,” said Det.-Sgt. Shauna Neufeld. http://bit.ly/1LO0CUj

Dreams and dignity: Confronting gendered violence in Colombia

Telesur news portal carried a story on 7 March saying that women in Colombia, who face gendered oppression at the hands of the state and paramilitaries, remain at the forefront of the movements for peace. Some say how paramilitary soldiers regularly killed people and dumped them in the water to be carried away with the current. They say Colombia’s rivers constitute the largest grave in the world. With an official registry of over 60,000 enforced disappearances, some estimate over 250,000 from the entire course of the internal war. National and international human rights organizations have recognized that 75-85 percent of these crimes have been at the hand of Colombia’s armed forces. http://bit.ly/1U0Y4Vo

Venezuela investigates possible slaying of 28 missing miners

Yahoo News reported today that Venezuelan officials searched on Monday for 28 miners whose relatives say were killed and disappeared by a gang seeking to take over a disputed gold claim in a jungle area of the southeastern state of Bolivar. Families say the gang dismembered the bodies and drove the remains away in a truck. Families and people who said they witnessed the attack accused law enforcement agents of participating in the killings. Other opposition politicians said the killings followed a decade-long pattern of killings in the region, and compared the case to the disappearance of 43 Mexican college students. http://yhoo.it/21hZmuE

Since the 43 students went missing, 130 bodies have been found outside Iguala, Mexico

In These Times, an American magazine, carried a story on 7 March saying that life in Iguala has changed since 43 students from a nearby teacher-training college went missing more than a year ago. State authorities soon declared that bodies that had been found in a mass grave in the hills above Iguala could be those of the missing students. Former Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda, are accused of masterminding the kidnapping. Meanwhile, human remains continue popping up. The Other Disappeared organization has uncovered more than 130 bodies since beginning searches in November 2014. http://bit.ly/1TZHUMb

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.