Daily World News Digest, 17 May 2019

El Salvador: impunity legislation criticized

The UN expert on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabian Salvioli, has urged the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador not to pass a bill allowing de facto pardons for serious human rights violations and war crimes committed during the internal armed conflict that claimed 75,000 lives between 1980 and 1992. The Political Commission of the Legislative Assembly has been considering draft articles for a proposed National Reconciliation Law since 14 May. A UN statement notes that victims of the armed conflict, their representatives, and wider civil society have not been consulted in the process. https://bit.ly/2JKL6Mx

Bosnia and Herzegovina: clandestine graves

Participants at a seminar on locating and excavating clandestine graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina have concluded that the biggest obstacle in the process of accounting for the missing is a lack of credible information about such graves, the Bljesak news site reports. The State Investigation and Protection Agency, the BiH Missing Persons Institute, and the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, as well as representatives of ICMP and the ICRC, participated in the seminar. (Original article in B/C/S) http://bit.ly/2Vt114h

Pakistan: enforced disappearances of minorities

Minorities in Pakistan face daily discrimination, Business Standard reports, quoting an interview with Noel Malik, a member of the Pakistan Minorities Alliance, who says minority communities are subject to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing. https://bit.ly/2JpdVik

Angola: activist arrested

Human Rights Watch has raised the case of the arrest and alleged abuse of activist Hitler “Samussuku” Tshikonde in Angola. HRW says Tshikonde was “unlawfully jailed for 72 hours without charge or access to a lawyer and is currently under investigation for allegedly ‘insulting the president’.” It cites this as evidence that the government will not tolerate peaceful dissent. https://bit.ly/2YxUPKm

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.