Daily World News Digest, 27 February 2018

ICMP helps solve decades-old Canadian missing persons case

Police in Canada have solved a 28-year old missing persons case with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). ICMP was able to identify a bone sample belonging to Mary Rose Keadjuk, of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, who was 24 when she disappeared from the Gold Range Hotel in Yellowknife in June 1990. The bone fragment was found in Yellowknife in 2003 but earlier attempts by laboratories in Canada to extract sufficient DNA to make a conclusive identification had been unsuccessful. “Technology has gotten better and better over the years,” an RCMP officer said, adding that ICMP has “an expertise that is unique.” http://bit.ly/2oAqoCP

Thailand: activist held incommunicado

Human Rights Watch has called on the Thai government immediately to end the incommunicado military detention of Aiman Hadeng, a prominent ethnic Malay Muslim human rights activist and chair of the Justice for Peace Network. Hadeng has yet to appear before a judge for his alleged involvement in the separatist insurgency. Brad Adams, HRW Asia director said that fighting separatist insurgency does not empower the military to detain people without access to a judge, lawyer, or their family while holding people incommunicado, the military authorities are only increasing distrust among the local population. http://bit.ly/2GOGWP7

Indonesia: cemetery dug up in search for remains of British and Dutch sailors

Officials in Indonesia have started to excavate a cemetery in an attempt to identify an alleged mass war grave filled with the possible remains of Dutch and British soldiers from the wrecks of several warships that sank off the coast in the 1942 Battle of the Java Sea. More than 1,000 Dutch and British sailors were killed in the battle. The wrecks are considered war graves but in the past three years appear to have been the target of irregular salvage, leading to what has been described as “the world’s biggest grave robbery”. http://bit.ly/2EVkpDT

Pakistan: judges offered closed-door briefing on missing persons

The Head of Pakistan’s Commission on Enforced Disappearance has offered to brief the Supreme Court judges on missing persons cases, particularly those related to the province of Balochistan. According to a report submitted on behalf of the commission, the commission has disposed of 3,000 cases of missing persons while 1,577 cases are still pending. http://bit.ly/2FabVb9

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.