Yearly Archives: 2008

Nationwide campaign launched to commemorate ‘International Day of the Disappeared’

28 August 2008: The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina will mark the International Day of the Disappeared on 29th August by organizing a special parliamentary session to commemorate the day and to push for the implementation of the Law on the Missing and the creation of a fund for families of the missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s. The session will be the highlight of a series of events held across the country, aimed at building public awareness of the universal nature of the problem of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

ICMP Assists Philippines in Identifying Victims of Typhoon Frank

 

ICMP's staff in the Philippines Zlatan Bajunovic subbmiting DNA match reports27 August 2008: CEBU CITY, Philippines – The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) provided Filipino authorities with the 70th DNA- based identification yesterday in its on-going effort to help identify the victims of Typhoon Frank.

ICMP experts deployed rapidly to the Philippines, at INTERPOL’s request, in the wake of the disaster and they have been operating in Cebu City with Interpol and Filipino authorities from the National Bureau of Investigations to identify the bodies of victims of the disaster.
It is estimated that over 1,300 persons were unaccounted for as a consequence of the typhoon, which struck the region on 21 June. Of that number, approximately 866 persons were missing from the 24,000-ton ferry MV Princess of the Stars and an estimated 500 other people were…

First DNA identifications of Philippines ferry disaster victims released

22 August 2008: Ten families of victims of the Philippines ferry disaster claimed their bodies at a ceremony on Sunday following the release of the first DNA identifications. The event was attended by local officials and by members of INTERPOL’s Incident Response Team (IRT) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) undertaking the forensic work.

The INTERPOL team, which includes Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts and a representative from the ICMP, has been working with Philippines authorities to identify the bodies of some 800 people drowned when the Princess of the Stars ferry capsized in a typhoon on 21 June.
More than 300 bodies were initially recovered from the sea after the typhoon and 40 of these have so far been identified using fingerprints, dental records and other traditional methods excluding DNA. At least several hundred more bodies are still trapped in the capsized ferry and a complex salvage operation…

ICMP to assist Chile with Missing Persons

16 June 2008: The International Commission on Missing Persons is delighted to announce the signing of an agreement with the Government of the Republic of Chile to provide technical assistance in identifying victims of enforced disappearance from the 1970’s.

“ICMP is pleased to assist Chile in helping to identify those missing,” said Director-General Kathryne Bomberger. “It not only achieves the primary human rights task of helping families and relatives find their loved ones, it’s also a good example of the kind of international professional cooperation that ICMP, as it expands operationally, is prepared to offer worldwide.”

Switzerland and United Kingdom Support ICMP’s Contribution to Justice

11 June 2008: The governments of Switzerland and United Kingdom announced today that they will provide further funds to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons for the 2008 and 2009. The joint contribution amounting to 400,000 Euros will help ICMP continue to provide assistance to judicial institutions.”ICMP recognizes that aspects of its work can be relevant to bringing war criminals to justice. Without effective criminal justice to end impunity for these most serious of crimes there cannot be lasting peace, nor can such crimes be prevented in the future,” said ICMP Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger.

Since 2000 the Government of United Kingdom has donated over 3.35 Million Euros including this donation to the work of ICMP, and the Government of Switzerland has been a supporter of ICMP’s work since 2001, with a total amount of around 630,000 EUR including this donation. The valuable support of the…

Czech Republic contributes to search for the missing

9 June 2008: The Government of the Czech Republic has announced that it will provide funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for the year 2008. The donation totals 600,000 Czech Koruna, or 24,000 Euros.

“We are pleased to expand our donor contribution to include assistance to ICMP and its important efforts to help the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina account for persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s,” said H. E. Jiří Kuděla Ambassador of the Czech Republic. “Their work is not only helping BiH deal with a difficult past, but is contributing to addressing the future in an open, accountable and transparent manner,” he added.

Swiss Parliamentarians visit ICMP in Tuzla

Swiss parlamentarians visitng ICMP’s Lukavac Reeasociation Center28 May 2008: The Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H. E. Mr Rolf Lenz and ten Swiss Parliamentarians visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons today in Tuzla.
During their visit, the members of the Swiss Parliament visited two ICMP facilities dedicated to the identification of mortal remains of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, including the Podrinje Identification Project and the Lukavac Re-association Center.
The introduction of DNA by the ICMP as the basis for identifying large numbers of missing persons from the 1990’s conflicts in the Western Balkans enabled accurate identifications of persons who would never otherwise have been identified. Of the 8,000 estimated missing from Srebrenica,…

British Minister for Europe praises ICMP

Rene Huel, Head of ICMP DNA Laboratories explains the DNA identification proces to the United Kingdom Minister for Europe, Mr. Jim Murphy19 March 2008: During his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom Minister for Europe, Mr. Jim Murphy visited the DNA Laboratory and offices of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today.

Accompanied by ICMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Adam Boys, and the British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, the Minister toured the laboratory in Sarajevo where ICMP performs DNA extraction…

HR/EUSR Lajčák tours ICMP facilities in Tuzla

HR/EUSR Lajčák tours ICMP’s Podrinje Identification Project in Tuzla6 March 2008: The High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Miroslav Lajčák, visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today. In his first visit to ICMP, the HR/EUSR toured the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) and the Identification Coordination Division (ICD).Accompanied by the ICMP Chief Operating Officer, Adam Boys, the HR/EUSR first visited PIP, established to assist in resolving the specific problems related to the identification of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, and where mortal remains of these victims are examined and stored until final identification. The HR/EUSR saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist the…

Sweden Commits funds to ICMP through 2010

Signing of donation agreement between ICMP General Director and Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina18 February 2008: The Swedish Government announced today that it will provide funds to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons through the year 2010. The contribution of 15 Million Swedish Kronor (2.3 MUS$) from the Government of Sweden to ICMP will help them to provide assistance in locating, recovering and identifying missing persons for the next few years.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director General Kathryne Bomberger, H.E. Ambassador Lars-Erik Wingren, the Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited ICMP’s main laboratory in Sarajevo where ICMP conducts DNA extraction…