Daily World News Digest, 24 May 2019

Calls for tribunal to prosecute Da’esh members

The Netherlands called on Thursday for the establishment of a tribunal to prosecute members of Da’esh, the Associated Press reports. The proposal was made at a UN Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in conflict and the need for accountability and an end to impunity for violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands will organize a ministerial meeting on the prosecution of Da’esh fighters. https://bit.ly/2QkgJhn

El Salvador suspends controversial amnesty bill

Reuters reports that lawmakers in El Salvador agreed on Thursday to suspend a controversial amnesty bill following an outcry from victims’ families, the United Nations and rights groups who said it aimed to whitewash crimes committed during a bloody civil war. A new proposal could be ready for a vote by Wednesday. The amnesty bill aimed to prohibit jail time for former military personnel and leftist guerillas accused of atrocities during the 1980-1992 war in which 75,000 people were killed and 8,000 went missing. The bill instead proposed community service. https://reut.rs/2Ma7cei

Mexico: security laws “putting human rights at risk”

Amnesty International says a package of laws on public security before the Mexican Congress “could put human rights at risk”. However, Amnesty has welcomed the creation of a register of detentions, which, it says, “could be an important step in preventing arbitrary detentions and other human rights violations, such as torture and enforced disappearances”. https://bit.ly/2X4fpl6

Libya’s coastguard rescues 290 migrants

Libya’s coastguard has rescued 290 migrants in two operations near the capital, Tripoli, according to Aljazeera. One of the coastguard vessels rescued 87 migrants on an inflatable boat near Qarabuli and another group of migrants was rescued from two inflatable boats near Zlitin. The western coast of Libya is the main departure point for hundreds of migrants trying to reach shores of Europe. https://bit.ly/2Ma0W6i

United States: reduction in number of missing persons reports

The Epoch Times carries an article noting that in 2018 nearly 613,000 Americans were reported missing, with more than 424,000 of them under the age of 18. This represents a drop of almost 6 and 9 percent respectively from the year before. https://bit.ly/2JCtrHQ

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.