Daily World News Digest, 25 January 2019

Transitional justice in Nepal

Members of the international community have urged the government of Nepal to make public its plan to take the transitional justice process forward in 2019, the Himalayan reports. The embassies of Australia, Germany, Finland, France, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the US, and the representatives of the EU and the UN have stressed that “without broad public trust” Nepal will not be able “to bring closure to the wounds and grievances that persist from the conflict era”. http://bit.ly/2Ue62xy

Sudan: lawyers speak out against extrajudicial killings

All Africa reports that a group of senior Sudanese lawyers have presented a memorandum to the Attorney-General demanding that the Sudanese government take immediate steps necessary to prevent extrajudicial killings of protesters. One of the lawyers said the government has faced the protests with excessive violence and allowed the police to disperse them in such a way as to deprive citizens of their right to life, safety, and security. http://bit.ly/2RcuHAK

Amnesty: “Iran arrested 7,000 in crackdown” during 2018

Amnesty International says Iran arrested 7,000 people last year in a “shameless campaign of repression”, the BBC reports. Detainees included protesters, students, lawyers, journalists, environmental and women’s rights activists, and trade unionists. Hundreds were sentenced to prison or flogging. At least 26 protesters were killed and nine others died in custody. https://bbc.in/2sLyvzc

Gambia: UN calls for transparency over 2005 killings

UN human rights monitors have urged the UN and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to release their report on the 2005 massacre in Gambia of more than 50 Ghanaian and other West African migrants, Relief Web reports. The UN and the ECOWAS formed a joint investigative team, which produced a report in April 2009 but the report was never made public. http://bit.ly/2MvxtQP

Egypt: Detention for critics

Amnesty International says that during 2018, the Egyptian authorities “arrested at least 113 people simply for expressing their views”. Many were detained without trial for months and then prosecuted on charges including “membership of terrorist groups” and “disseminating false news” in unfair trials, including in front of military courts. http://bit.ly/2S2099n

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.