HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A four-day workshop on forensics kicked off today in Kathmandu with the objective of helping resolve cases concerning missing persons in Nepal.
The workshop was organised by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction with technical support from an Argentine forensics anthropology team.
An ICRC press statement said the workshop would focus on appropriate recovery and scientific analysis of mortal remains of people missing as a result of armed conflict or natural disaster. “These studies are essential to determine what happened to missing persons and identify their remains,” the statement quoted Dr Mercedes Salado Puerto, the lead forensic expert of the three member Argentine team.
“Under international humanitarian law, the authorities bear primary responsibility for accounting for missing persons and for ensuring proper recovery and dignified handling of human remains,” said Laure Schneeberger, deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal.
According to ICRC there are over 1,350 families of missing persons in Nepal, anxiously waiting to know their whereabouts.