Daily World News Digest 29 July 2019

Vietnam opens DNA analysis center

Vietnam has inaugurated a Center for DNA Analysis within the Institute of Biotechnology, which will be able “to provide DNA profiling of some 4,000 remains yearly”, according to Hanoitimes. The paper notes that “In order to achieve full capacity and competence six staff members of the center were trained at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)”. https://bit.ly/2K0UwDo

Nepal: Transitional Justice Laws for conflict-era times needs restart

The Government of Nepal “has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide justice for the victims of the country’s decade-long armed conflict”, according to a Joint Statement issued by Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, and TRIAL International. The statement highlights the government’s inaction on addressing conflict-era human rights violations, and a lack of transparency in the appointment of commissioners to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to the Commission on the Investigation of Enforced Disappearances. https://bit.ly/2YqKZcI

Rwanda: oppposition members missing

At least five members of FDU-Inkingi, an unregistered coalition of parties opposed to President Paul Kagame, have gone missing in the last few years, CNN reports. Human Rights Watch says it has documented “persistent efforts” by the government to silence critics and perceived political opponents through arbitrary arrests, threats, and enforced disappearances. https://cnn.it/2ZsDiE4

Iraq: new mass graves found

Iraqinews reports that Iraqi authorities have announced the discovery of a new mass grave believed to contain remains of Kuwaiti captives executed under the Saddam Hussein regime, in Muthanna governorate. https://bit.ly/2ZjoNm7

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.