Daily World News Digest, 12 December 2018

Mexico: mass graves documented

The Washington Post has published the work of two journalists who have compiled a comprehensive dossier on enforced disappearance in Mexico, including an interactive map showing the mass-grave sites that have been discovered throughout the country since 2006, a phenomenon associated with the war on drugs https://wapo.st/2rvunTb

Mali: new law on post-conflict reconciliation criticized

Amnesty International has urged the Malian authorities not to adopt the post-conflict National Understanding Act in its current form. The Act specifies that amnesties will not be given to people convicted of “war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and other imprescriptible crime,” but does not prevent amnesties for other crimes under international law such as torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty says. https://bit.ly/2RUQQ7B

Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The Philippines Commission on Human Rights has warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs will lead to a “killing field” if it continues, Aljazeera reports. In August, activists and families of eight victims filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court calling for Duterte to be indicted over thousands of extrajudicial killings. https://bit.ly/2PvIHo9

Australia: postcards for missing persons

Federal police in Australia will launch a campaign to make untraceable postcards available to people who have been reported missing by their families, but who may have chosen not to reveal their whereabouts to relatives, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The campaign has divided missing persons advocacy organizations, with some concerned that it could see some families receive hoax letters. https://bit.ly/2EcPOQB

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.