No new mass graves found in Kosovo UN mission says

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said in a statement that remarks by Monique Fienberg, an official reviewing the situation of missing persons in Kosovo with the Belgrade press, had been distorted in the media yesterday. According to UNMIK, Ms. Fienberg said that of the approximately 1,200 unidentified bodies in Kosovo known to the UN Mission, some 900 had been buried in the Suva Reka area.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) conducted exhumations in Kosovo in 1999 and 2000. Of about 4,000 bodies exhumed, 1,256 could not be identified and were reburied – some in the municipalities where they had been found, others in the Suva Reka area. “UNMIK has no way of determining the ethnicity of the unidentified bodies,” the statement said. “Such distortions in the media have increased the anxiety and grief of all families of the missing in Kosovo.”The Mission said that its police was about to begin work on individual gravesites not exhumed by the ICTY, while UNMIK was “negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Commission on Missing Persons to begin DNA testing on the unidentified bodies, and with the families.” read more

Corrupt Russians face UK visa ban under British version of Magnitsky Act

first_imgRussian officials involved in corruption and human rights abuse are to be targeted with a tough new sanctions regime co-ordinated with the US and Canada, the Telegraph can disclose. The move, which was being planned before last week’s poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury, is likely to inflame tensions with Moscow, following the nerve-agent attack government figures… Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, have agreed that Britain will introduce a UK version of the so-called “Magnitsky Act” under which 49 Russian nationals are named in an official US list of “gross violators of human rights”, whose crimes include extrajudicial killings and torture.last_img read more