Daily World News Digest, 11 December 2017

ICMP’s DNA laboratory: from Bosnia to the Netherlands

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has transferred many of its key functions, including its DNA Laboratory, from BIH to the Netherlands. ICMP explains that moving its headquarters to The Hague will not jeopardize its assistance to BIH, but will further increase the opportunities for identification based on the latest DNA technology, which will continue to be applied without any financial cost to BIH. http://bit.ly/2BbjvQK

Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Maroof Zaman, a former Bangladeshi ambassador to Qatar and Vietnam, has been missing since 4 December, when he was due to pick up his daughter from Dhaka Airport but never arrived. On 5 December, his car was found abandoned near the airport. Zaman’s disappearance follows similar incidents in the last four months, involving prominent individuals, including Mubashar Hasan, a North South University, teacher who has been missing since 7 November. http://bit.ly/2AskKLV

Activists in Pakistan condemn enforced disappearances

Activists from various rights groups as well as friends and family of Pakistani activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who has been missing since 2 December, have condemned the enforced disappearance of activists in Pakistan and what they describe as attempts to silence and harass those speaking up for peace and human rights. http://bit.ly/2nO0C13

Philippines: priests launch new human rights alliance, denounce killings

Human rights advocates led by Redemptorist priests have launched a new human rights group, Kilusang Artikulo Trese (A.13), in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, to denounce extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses linked to the government’s war against drugs. http://bit.ly/2nNYoib

Items in 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.