An international human rights watchdog is now investigating the high number of unsolved cases of missing and slain women in B.C.

Human Rights Watch researchers typically probe abuse, torture and extra-judicial killings in places like Syria and Afghanistan. Now the organization has set its sights on Northern B.C.

Researcher Meghan Rhoad says the group is very concerned by the sheer volume of atrocities against aboriginal women in B.C. — which has the highest rate of unsolved homicides of indigenous women and girls in the country.

"The alarming data on violence against indigenous women and girls has been coming out. The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented 582 cases of missing and murdered women across Canada. Then in B.C. in particular they have documented 160 cases."

Rhoad has spent several months speaking with women across Northern B.C., including several weeks travelling the so-called Highway of Tears.

"I was struck by just how pervasive the insecurity is in the north and just how many women and girls' lives have been touched by violence, you know in one form or another, and how many families have been affected," she said.

On Thursday, Wally Oppal delivered his Missing Women's Commission report to the B.C. government. It will be made public in mid-December.

Rhoad said Human Rights Watch plans to release its report into B.C.'s missing and killed women in 2013.

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  • Colleen MacMillen

    Age: 16 Last Seen: Aug. 9, 1974 near Lac La Hache. Body found Sept. 5, 1974 near 100 Mile House. Was believed to be hitchhiking. RCMP have determined through DNA testing that Bobby Jack Fowler was responsible for her death.

  • Gale Ann Weys

    Age: 19 Last Seen: Oct. 19, 1973 in Clearwater. Body found April 6, 1974 along Yellowhead Highway. Believed hitchhiking to Kamloops.

  • Pamela Darlington

    Age: 19 Last Seen: Nov. 6, 1973 in Kamloops. Body found Nov. 7, 1973 in a city park. Believed to be hitchhiking at the time.

  • Delphine Nikkal

    Age: 16 Last Seen: June 14, 1990, along Highway 16 in Smithers.

  • Lana Derrick

    Age: 19 Last Seen: October 7, 1995 at a service station in Thornhill, B.C.

  • Nicole Hoar

    Age: 25 Last Seen: June 21, 2002 in Prince George. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.

  • Tamara Chipman

    Age: 22 Last Seen: Sept. 21, 2005 in Prince Rupert. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.

  • Alberta Williams

    Age: 24 Last Seen: Aug. 26, 1989 in Prince Rupert. Body found Sept. 16, 1989 on Highway 16.

  • Ramona Wilson

    Age: 16 Last Seen: June 11, 1994, hitchhiking to a friend's home in Smithers. Body found April 1995, Smithers Airport.

  • Roxanne Thiara

    Age: 15 Last Seen: Nov. 1994 in Prince George. Body found near Burns Lake.

  • Leah Alisha Germaine

    Age: 15 Her body was found Dec. 9, 1994.

  • Cecilia Anne Nikal

    Last Seen: 1989

  • Monica Ignas

    Age: 14 Last Seen: Dec. 13, 1974 in Thornhill, B.C. Body found Apr. 6, 1975 near Terrace.

  • Aielah Saric Auger

    Age: 14 Last Seen: Feb. 2, 2006 in Prince George. Body found Feb. 10, 2006 on Highway 16.

  • Gloria Moody

    Age: 27 Last Seen: Oct. 25, 1969 in Williams Lake. Body found Oct. 26 1969.

  • Micheline Pare

    Age: 18 Last Seen: July 1970 along Fort St. John/Hudson's Hope Highway. Body found Aug. 8, 1970 near Hudson's Hope. Last seen hitchhiking to a ranch.

  • Shelly Ann Bascu

    Age: 16 Last Seen: May 3, 1983 near Hinton, Alberta. Seen walking along Highway 16.

  • Monica Jack

    Age: 12 Last Seen: May 6, 1978 near Nicola Lake. Body found in June 1995 north of Merritt.

  • Maureen Mosie

    Age: 33 Last Seen: May 8, 1981 in Salmon Arm. Body found May 9, 1981 near Kamloops. Believed to have been hitchhiking.



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  • 1972

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1982

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1989

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1994

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • 1995

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • Date unknown

    RCMP hope photos of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> will help jog people's memories in helping them track his movements in B.C. from the '70s to the '90s.

  • <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/25/bobby-jack-fowler-highway-of-tears-killer-bc_n_1913693.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia">Killer Bobby Jack Fowler</a> drove old cars, possibly similar to one in this image, said RCMP.