Daily World News Digest 20 December 2019

Guatemala: identifying civil war victims

National Geographic reports on efforts to identify victims of Guatemala’s civil war. Through exhumations, forensic analysis, and DNA collection campaigns, scientists at the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation have identified nearly 3,500 of the disappeared. https://on.natgeo.com/35IIQNV

A systematic missing persons process: lessons from Romania

AFP reports on the issue of mass graves during the 1989 revolution in Romania, showing how the absence of a systematic and law-based process can create chaos and misunderstanding when it comes to locating and identifying large numbers of missing persons. https://bit.ly/2EAfdTa

Lebanon: arbitrary arrests

Amnesty International has called on the authorities in Lebanon to launch a thorough, independent and effective investigation into violence against protesters. Amnesty has documented incidents of unlawful and excessive use of force, as well as other human rights violations such as failure to protect peaceful protesters, arbitrary arrests and torture and ill-treatment. http://bit.ly/397aw1k

UN urges Iran to end human rights violations

The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Iran to end its ongoing human rights violations, Radio Farda reports. The resolution says Iran should release persons detained solely for taking part in peaceful protests or the exercise of their human rights and fundamental freedoms. http://bit.ly/2EEKnZv

ICC calls for end to impunity in Darfur

Concrete steps must be taken to end impunity for atrocities in Darfur, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has told the UN Security Council, UN News reports. During the Darfur conflict between the Government, their militiamen allies and rebel groups, which began in 2003, the UN estimated that around 300,000 were killed, and around 2.7 million forced from their homes. http://bit.ly/2SbDDuk

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.