Daily Digest, 4 June 2019

Amnesty and post-conflict justice in Zimbabwe

The Pan-African news portal African Arguments carries a story examining Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for an open debate about the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s. From 1983 to 1987, security forces targeted thousands with torture, detention and summary execution in parts of the country that were deemed to be opposition strongholds. Months after the government and opposition signed a peace accord in December 1987 an amnesty was announced. https://bit.ly/2Xpk55h

Support for families of the missing in Nepal

The Khabarhub news portal from Nepal reports that Minister for Finance Yubaraj Khatiwada has announced increased financial benefits for families of victims of enforced disappearance in the budget for fiscal year 2019-20. More than 10,000 people died in the 1996-2006 civil war in Nepal and more than 1,300 were reported as missing. https://bit.ly/2QLhW1f

Mexico: Hidalgo appoints advisors on missing persons
The Mexican newspaper Milenio reports that the State of Hidalgo has begun the process of appointing advisors to Hidalgo’s Commission on Missing Persons. The advisors will include forensic specialists and representatives of families of the missing to be included (Original article in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2Z3VXFN

Philippines: Human Rights Defenders Protection bill passed
The Manila Bulletin reports that the Philippines House of Representatives has approved a bill designed to prevent violations and abuses against human rights defenders. The bill guarantees rights and freedoms; mandates the State and public authorities to respect, protect, and fulfill these rights and freedoms; and imposes appropriate sanctions to counter impunity. https://bit.ly/31auzrN

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.