Daily World News Digest, 30 September 2016

QIAGEN and ICMP to develop first NGS workflow for identification of missing persons

Yahoo Finance reported yesterday that QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have announced collaboration on a project to enhance ICMP’s ability to identify missing persons using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. QIAGEN and ICMP will work together at ICMP’s laboratory in The Hague to develop and validate a complete NGS solution, including QIAGEN’s “Sample to Insight” GeneReader NGS System* and other QIAGEN workflow solutions, as well as innovative forensic panels designed for identification of missing persons using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). http://yhoo.it/2cPTOsh

Colombia: Authorities exhume 91 possible conflict victims in just one village

Colombia Reports carried a story yesterday on the investigation unit formed to exhume the bodies of people presumed to be among the tens of thousands of “disappeared”. The Unit announced on Wednesday that it had exhumed 91 possible conflict victims in just one village. As part of the peace agreement a serious effort is being launched to account for at least 45,000 people who were forcibly disappeared by the military, guerrillas or paramilitaries in the last decade. http://bit.ly/2dw4rTz

Sri Lanka: Documents submitted to Mullaitivu court regarding missing persosns handed over to CID

Hiru News, a portal from Sri Lanka, reports today that a judge in Mullaitivu District in the north of the country has ordered police to launch an investigation on the basis of documents submitted to the court that allege that documents already presented to the court by the Sri Lankan military are false. The District Judge gave the order in relation to 13 habeas corpus motions filed with the court on behalf of missing persons including LTTE cadres and a large group of Tamil citizens handed over to the army by their relatives during the final phase of the war. http://bit.ly/2d0BbiG

Sri Lankan PM’s New Zealand visit raises human rights issue

Radio New Zealand reports today that Prime Minister John Key is being urged to make strong statements about human rights when he meets the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on Saturday morning. Ranil Wickremesinghe was to arrive in Auckland on Friday night on the first visit by a Sri Lankan Prime Minister to New Zealand. Mr Key said under Mr Wickremesinghe’s leadership, Sri Lanka had entered a new phase in its post-civil war development. “He’s been Prime Minister for just over a year or so, he’s been dealing with the human rights issues and generally the reconciliation issues that need to be undertaken in Sri Lanka,” he said. http://bit.ly/2dJz86z

 Kuwaiti making DNA tests mandatory faces opposition

Stat News, a news portal for health, medicine, and scientific discovery from the USA, reported yesterday that a Kuwaiti law requiring all residents to submit to genetic testing has sparked international outcry amid signs it is also drawing muted civil opposition. The controversial law, passed in July 2015, mandates that the country’s 1.2 million citizens and another 2.3 million foreigners living in Kuwait submit DNA samples to a new government database. Legislators defend this as a security measure to help the government keep track of criminals and terrorists. Geneticists and human rights groups outside the country call it a gross invasion of privacy. http://bit.ly/2doTrG8

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.