Daily World News Digest, 9 December 2016

Former Serb leader: “traitors” committed Srebrenica crimes

Balkan Insight yesterday reported on an interview in which former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who has been convicted of genocide in Srebrenica, said the massacre was perpetrated by “traitors to the Serb people”. Telling the interviewer that the massacre “should not have happened” he told the Nedeljnik newspaper “It was idiotic and stupid, to commit a crime which could have been avoided.” http://bit.ly/2go1u6R

US border patrols accused of killing migrants

Telesur reported yesterday that thousands of migrants crossing the U.S-Mexico border have been killed and disappeared because of U.S. Border Patrol practices, which have fueled a “missing persons crisis,” according to a new report released Wednesday. The joint report by the Arizona-based advocacy groups No More Deaths and The Coalition for Human Rights says U.S. border patrol agents operating around the borderland deserts are using deadly apprehension methods to chase migrants into “life-threatening terrain,” where thousands have gone missing or died as a result. http://bit.ly/2gjkgxN                                                                                             

EU says member states can start deporting refugees and migrants back to Greece

The Independent reported yesterday that countries in the EU will be able to return migrants to Greece from mid-March, according to the European Commission. Brussels hopes the move will help to restore the bloc’s migration policies, which collapsed under a mass influx in 2015. But human rights and refugee agencies have said Greek facilities remain so overcrowded they will simply be unable to cope with the extra migrants. Under EU rules, the first country of entry is responsible for handling an asylum claim, but that system broke down last year in Greece, the main gateway to Europe, for more than a million refugees and migrants. http://ind.pn/2h9CdvN

Detentions and disappearances in Bangladesh demand judicial intervention

Scroll.in, carried an article yesterday about the practice of enforced disappearances that has become a small but routine part of law enforcement in Bangladesh in the past seven years. He article says that state bodies, for a variety of reasons – political, law and order, and financial – pick up people and, instead of bringing them to court within 24 hours, keep them in secret detention. They deny having ever taken them, and after holding them illegally for days, weeks or even months, either kill them or formally arrest them after pretending to have just detained them. http://bit.ly/2gjkchs

Missing persons’ cases increasing in Pakistan

The News International, a media outlet from Pakistan, reported yesterday that the Sindh High Court has indicated that cases of missing persons are “increasing day by day in the country and becoming a sensitive and serious issue”. Hearing petitions challenging the alleged detention of citizens by law enforcement agencies, the Court observed that family members missed their loved ones and suffered great psychological trauma whenever their relatives went missing. The kindness shown by others could not heal the pain of losing the loved ones in such a manner. http://bit.ly/2grsdz5

Kenyan police reject Haki Africa report on killings and disappearances  

Standard Digital, a news agency from Kenya, reported yesterday that the National Police Service has dismissed claims by a civil society organization that police have been behind the extrajudicial killing and disappearance of 81 people in the Coastal region in the past five years in the context of the war on terrorism. “The National Police Service rejects the allegations as based on unfounded distortions of real facts made for reasons only known to themselves,” a police statement said. http://bit.ly/2hc0KCF

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.