Daily World News Digest, 23 January 2019

Guatemala: National Reconciliation Law “could lead to impunity”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed “serious concern” after the approval in first reading of a bill to amend Guatemala’s long-standing National Reconciliation Law, saying the amendment would result in a generalized amnesty for all cases of grave human rights violations and crimes committed during the internal armed conflict, Relief Web reports. http://bit.ly/2U9gmXF

More than 140 rescued migrants taken to Libya

Al Jazeera reports that more than 140 refugees and migrants rescued at sea by a cargo ship have landed in Libya and have been taken to a detention center, according to the United Nations. The UN said returning people to Libya goes against international law because they risk abuse and torture there. http://bit.ly/2Mo3Qke

Kenya: Students protest extrajudicial killings

University students in Kenya have staged peaceful demonstrations over increased cases of extrajudicial killings, The Star from Kenya reports. Protestors have proposed a bill to initiate police reforms and have called for all victims of police brutality and extrajudicial killings to be compensated. http://bit.ly/2U7EDxa

Zimbabwe troops accused of “systematic torture” of protesters

The government-appointed Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has accused soldiers of using “systematic torture” against protestors, the BBC reports. Reports have emerged of assaults allegedly carried out by the military in various parts of the capital, Harare. Other reports say at least 12 people have been killed and scores treated for gunshot injuries. https://bbc.in/2T8HjdX

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.