Daily World News Digest, 30 November 2018

Amnesty calls for refugees to be allowed to land

Amnesty International has issued a statement urging that twelve refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the Central Mediterranean for almost a week be allowed to dock in Italy or Malta as soon as possible. Amnesty points out that in recent weeks 97 individuals have been rescued and returned to Libya. The 12 have refused to disembark in order to avoid being unlawfully detained and likely tortured. https://bit.ly/2KEqwfr

UN criticizes extrajudicial killings in Libya

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned extrajudicial killings in the Libyan capital, Xinhua Net reports. The mission said in a statement that “UNSMIL continues to receive reports of armed groups carrying out extrajudicial killings in Tripoli,” and affirms that allegations of offenses and personal disputes “should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets.” https://bit.ly/2KJHxES

Colombia: Truth Commission launched

Colombia’s Truth Commission, which emerged from the 2016 peace agreement, was launched on Thursday in Bogota will work for three years with offices in different parts of the country to find out what happened to the 8 million victims of Colombia’s decades-long conflict. https://bit.ly/2TZeKQQ

Philippines: officers convicted of extrajudicial killing

Three Philippines police officers have been convicted of the murder of a 17-year-old boy, the first convictions in a wave of killings that have taken place in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. The government prosecutor in the case said that while the case proved that the three police officers were guilty, it did not mean that extrajudicial killings had occurred more broadly as a result of Duterte’s drug war. https://bit.ly/2BGUFb5

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.