2 March 2016: Colombia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Juan Jose Quintana, today hosted a meeting of diplomats from the Group of Latin American Countries (GRULAC) in The Hague to highlight the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and to discuss the issue of missing and disappeared persons in the region.
Countries in Latin America face complex challenges related to accounting for missing persons. In some cases the numbers run into the tens of thousands. However, effective strategies have been developed and governments and other stakeholders can address the issue successfully by working with one another and with international agencies, Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons, said during the meeting.
She noted that the issue of missing persons is a global challenge. Legislative initiatives that have worked in one country may work in other countries. Also, where…
Provinces commit to help inquiry into missing, murdered Indigenous women
MacLean’s magazine carried a story on 1 March saying that the provinces agreed Friday to co-operate with and support a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett called the commitment an important step forward. The commitment means child welfare, policing, education and other areas that are fully or partly under provincial jurisdiction will be examined when the inquiry starts up. The governments also issued a joint four-page document that, in broad terms, commits them to improve the social and economic conditions faced by aboriginals. http://bit.ly/217E6HI
Parents of 5 missing Mexican youths await proof kids are dead
Latin American Herald Tribune carried a story today saying that relatives of the five young people who disappeared 11 January in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz will accept authorities’ account that they are dead “the day…
Burundi police find 30 bodies in mass grave as UN experts arrive
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Kosovo: time to shift focus to development, rule of law, human rights, says UN envoy
UN News Center issued a news on 29 February saying that with Kosovo set to face “complex challenges” this year, it is an opportune time to perhaps shift local and international focus towards the intrinsic links between post-conflict development, enforcement of…