Government is hoping to receive information about the death of Kevin Martin through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this homicide could receive up to $150,000. “It’s been 20 years since Kevin disappeared and his family is looking for closure,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “The death of a loved one is difficult, the death of a child is especially tragic. I strongly urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case.” Kevin was 13 years old when he went missing from his Stellarton home on May 19, 1994. In November 2000, commercial loggers found his remains in the Burnside area of Colchester County. It was determined his death was a homicide. “To investigators no piece of information is too small,” said Sgt. Paul Vickers, RCMP Northeast Major Crime Unit. “We want to solve this case and bring much-deserved closure to the family. By adding this case to the rewards program, we are hoping those with information will decide to come forward. That one piece of information could be all that’s needed.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In August 2013, the program helped Halifax Police and RCMP in an arrest in the homicide of Ryan White. In October 2013, the program also helped RCMP in an arrest in the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as another tool to help police gather information about unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .
12 January 2009The United Nations human rights office in Nepal deplored the brutal murder of a female journalist who was hacked to death in her own home yesterday and called on local authorities to conduct an immediate investigation. Uma Singh, a reporter at Radio Today FM and member of the Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the southern district of Dhanusha, was attacked by unidentified men armed with “khukhuris” – curved knives traditional to Nepal. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) urged Nepal Police to identify those responsible for Ms. Singh’s death and bring them to justice.OHCHR-Nepal also pressed Government authorities to investigate and prosecute death threats and an apparent attempt to attack another woman journalist in the same region, Janakpur, last night.“Doing so will send a strong message that there will be no impunity for attacks against the media, nor for any serious crimes,” OHCHR-Nepal said in a press release, while calling on all sectors of Nepali society to respect freedom of opinion and the rights of journalists. Yesterday’s assaults are the latest in a troubling trend of attacks targeting media professionals in the South Asian country over recent months. “Occurring amid a growing number of reports of incidents targeting journalists throughout Nepal, this tragedy should galvanise those responsible for protection of media freedom to take the necessary action to ensure the security of journalists,” said OHCHR-Nepal Representative Richard Bennett.On 20 October, several people reportedly raided the office of the local Terai Times newspaper in Janakpur, where they assaulted staff and damaged and stole equipment after the publication of a news article suggesting that the Young Communist League (YCL) was providing protection for prostitution. In another incident, a journalist from a daily newspaper in Nepalgunj informed OHCHR that he had been verbally abused and threatened on 21 October by a local government official of Banke district, following publication of an article that alleged financial irregularities linked to a local construction project.