Daily World News Digest, 25 February 2019

Guatemala: amnesty bill criticized

The Washington Post reports on a bill before Guatemala’s Congress that would grant amnesty to perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed during the 36-year civil war. The bill would free more than 30 convicts, mostly former military officers, and invalidate current and future trials for crimes linked to the conflict. https://wapo.st/2BLGL79

UN warns Nicaragua about “criminalization of dissent”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over “the apparent lack of due process and increasing criminalization of dissent in Nicaragua”, UN News reports. Over the last six months, several hundred people have been arrested and held in pre-trial detention for long periods for their alleged roles during protests that took place last year between April and July. http://bit.ly/2Vlb3Fd

African Union to reject EU plan to process migrants in Africa

The Guardian reports that the African Union will reject an EU proposal designed to stem migration, as it would breach international law by establishing “de facto detention centers” on African soil. The EU set plans for “regional disembarkation platforms” in motion last summer to allow migrants found in European waters to have their asylum requests processed in Africa. http://bit.ly/2H1SFgo

Rwanda: call for details of investigation into killings

Human Rights Watch has criticized the authorities in Rwanda for what it says is a failure to release information about investigations into the fatal shooting of 12 refugees by police in the western part of the country on 22 February 2018. “A year later, the authorities have not revealed how many people were killed nor have they identified those responsible for using excessive force and held them to account,” HRW said in a statement. http://bit.ly/2GJwLQ0

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.