Daily World News Digest, 17 December 2018

Release of prisoners “a catalyst for human rights change” in Cameroon

Amnesty International says the release of 289 people from detention in Cameroon must presage the end of wrongful detentions in the country. Marie Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty’s West and Central Africa Regional Director said the decision by President Paul Biya to pardon those arrested in connection with unrest in the Anglophone regions “is a welcome step and a catalyst for human rights change.” https://bit.ly/2Bpyuoi

South Sudan: UN investigates sexual violence

The UN Commission on Human Rights is investigating human rights violations, including sexual violence, across South Sudan, which has been mired in civil conflict since 2013, UN News reports. The Commission will report its findings to the Human Rights Council in March. More than 65 per cent of women and girls in South Sudan have reportedly experienced sexual violence at least once in their lives. https://bit.ly/2URa5kl

Nicaragua: government crackdown against activists and media

Nicaragua: the government of President Daniel Ortega has shut down nine nongovernmental organizations and raided several of their offices, Human Rights Watch reports, adding that police and armed pro-government groups have harassed, intimidated, brutally assaulted, and arbitrarily detained several journalists since April. https://bit.ly/2LjYdmK

Egypt: 3,000-year-old mass grave discovered

At the Gebel el-Silsila site in southern Egypt a Swedish archeologist has discovered an ancient mass grave which contains a large number of human remains, The Local from Sweden reports. Archeologists have several theories for why so many bodies were collected in the same place, including the possibility that the grave may have been a consequence of an epidemic. https://bit.ly/2Cjof6R

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.