Daily World News Digest, 21 November 2018

Egypt: enforced disappearance of children

Amnesty International has accused authorities in Egypt of committing “shocking violations” against children. Amnesty’s North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim said “Egyptian authorities have subjected children to horrific violations including torture, prolonged solitary confinement and enforced disappearance for periods of up to sev­­en months”.  https://bit.ly/2KnpJiU

Enforced disappearance in Bangladesh

The Star newspaper from Bangladesh reports that at least 437 people fell victim to extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies and 26 others were forcibly disappeared across the country in the last 10 months, according to a report by the rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) on the activities of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). It said 276 victims were killed in a nationwide anti-drug operation from 15 May to 31 October. https://bit.ly/2TuGInr

Spate of abductions in Cameroon

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has highlighted worsening violence as a result of clashes between security forces and separatists in Cameroon’s anglophone regions, AFP reports. It cites a UNHCHR statement noting that “Just over the past two weeks, we have received reports of the abduction of eight students and one school official in Kumba, in the Southwest, and of at least 13 nuns,” all of whom were released after payment of ransom. https://yhoo.it/2Kl4qOJ

Nicaragua: “suppression of fundamental human rights”

Relief Web reports that people who are protesting against the regime of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua “are being detained and killed, and there are no signs of ending that brutal crackdown on civil society”. It says that since April, “there have been dozens of cases of human rights violations and excessive, inappropriate use of violence by the paramilitary units and by the Nicaraguan police”. https://bit.ly/2S3wt84


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.