Daily World News Digest, 28 November 2017

Fighting Impunity, Seeking Justice in Guatemala

Members of Guatemala’s Congress have introduced a proposal to give blanket amnesty to members of the military accused of committing war crimes during Guatemala’s 36-year-long internal armed conflict. This comes as the Guatemalan Attorney General’s office continues to pursue cases against former military leaders for crimes against humanity. The amnesty proposal seeks to reform the National Reconciliation law passed just prior to the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996. The civil war in Guatemala led to more than 200,000 deaths and the disappearance of more than 40,000, according to findings by the UN backed Commission for Historical Clarification (CEH). Families affected by these campaigns of forced disappearance and killings during the war have strongly denounced efforts to reform the law. http://bit.ly/2jrxKGi

Footage of extrajudicial killings in Philippines drug war

Security camera footage casts doubt on official accounts of police killings in the Philippines war on drugs. Video shows anti-drug officers who shot and killed three men waiting 30 minutes to start moving victims to hospital. In June this year, Reuters revealed that police have shot hundreds of people during anti-drug operations, then taken them to hospitals where they are declared dead on arrival. http://read.bi/2zuMqeB

Victims of “peacekeeper massacre” in Central African Republic remembered

The UN has returned the remains of 13 victims of a massacre by peacekeepers from Congo, to their families in Boali, a town some 100 kilometers north of Central African Republic’s capital Bangui. About a dozen civilians were reported missing in the Boali region in March 2014 following a clash between militiamen and Congolese soldiers serving in a multinational African (MISCA) force that had been deployed to the strife-torn country. Bodies were discovered in 2016, when a mass grave was unearthed close to a onetime MISCA base in Boali. http://bit.ly/2hX1Ot0

Pakistan Human Rights Commission highlights Enforced disappearances

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has drawn attention to what it describes as a recent spate of enforced disappearances of Baloch students and activists in Karachi, and has demanded their release. The HRCP also urged the authorities to put in place effective oversight of the security forces in order to protect citizens’ rights. http://bit.ly/2zxBdKr

Book tells of forced confessions and disappearances in China

Editor and human rights advocate Michael Caster’s new book, “The People’s Republic of the Disappeared: Stories from Inside China’s System for Enforced Disappearances” is a collection of first person accounts of forced confessions while under so-called house arrest in China. http://ab.co/2j0KDYG

Items in 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