Baghdad, 20 March 2022 – On the 20th anniversary of the Iraq war, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) reaffirms its commitment to helping Iraq to account for the huge number of persons missing as a result of more than four decades of political instability and violence. According to Iraqi government sources, the number of persons missing in Iraq as a consequence of conflict, human rights violations and other atrocities ranges from about 250,000 to more than one million, and includes missing persons from the Regime of Saddam Hussein, including the al-Anfal military campaign against the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq between 1986 and 1989 and the Uprisings of 1991 of Shia and Kurdish populations.
The Hague, 17 February 2023: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which is an independent, treaty-based international organization, will provide support to Residential School Survivors and Indigenous communities in Canada to formulate next steps in addressing the issue of unmarked burials at Residential Schools. ICMP’s support follows a request for assistance by members of Canada’s Indigenous Community and a Technical Arrangement signed with the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising. As a result of the subsequent conflict, more than 130,000 people have gone missing and the numbers continue to rise. Men, women, and children have been abducted, killed, and forcibly disappeared, or have gone missing along migratory routes while fleeing from the fighting.
Sarajevo, 17 March: A delegation of Libyan government officials and experts have concluded a 5-day, ICMP-facilitated visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) where they had an opportunity to learn at first hand about the process implemented in BIH to account for persons missing from the conflict of the 1990s. In the last 25 years, with ICMP assistance and through the pioneering use of DNA, the authorities in BIH have been able to account for 75 percent of the 30,000 people who went missing during the conflict, a ratio that has not been equalled in any other post-conflict country.
The Hague, 14 February: This week, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will welcome a delegation of Vietnamese officials, scientists, and international forensic geneticists at its Headquarters in The Hague to take part in a series of events focused on modern forensic genetics and missing persons identification in Vietnam.
The Hague, 18 February 2023 – Tuesday, February 14, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomed a delegation of scientists and government officials from Vietnam for a workshop on the use of modern forensic genetics to identify people who went missing decades ago as a result of the war in Vietnam.
The Hague, 16 March 2023: The Kingdom of the Netherlands will provide funding to the International Commission on Missing Person (ICMP) to conduct an assessment of the scope and situation of the missing persons issue in the South Caucasus related to the armed conflicts beginning in 1988 between Armenia and Azerbaijan and to issue a set of recommendations which would enhance the creation of a sustainable process of accounting for the missing in each country.
Tuzla, Bosna i Hercegovina 28. februar 2023. godine – Generalna direktorica Švedske agencije za međunarodni razvoj (SIDA) Carin Jämtin, ambasadorica Švedske u BiH Johanna Stromquist, šefica Odjela za Evropu i Latinsku Ameriku SIDA-e Lisa Fredriksson, i Eva Smedberg, šefica Odjela za razvojnu saradnju Ambasade Švedske u BiH su tokom svoje posjete u cilju upoznavanja s radom Međunarodne komisije za nestale osobe (ICMP) possvjedočile mukotrpnom procesu identifikacije žrtava sukoba na prostoru bivše Jugoslavije.
The Hague, The Netherlands – With the financial support of the European Union’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, experts from the Ukrainian State Scientific Research Forensic Center (SSRFC) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs National Police (NP) completed a one-week training program on November 11, in the application of a DNA-led identification process, at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Headquarters in The Hague.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 9 November 2022: The Office of the Prosecutor General in Nuevo Leon (FGJNL) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched a major new initiative today that can significantly enhance efforts to account for persons who have gone missing.
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