10 December 2009: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) calls on governments worldwide to work for the resolution of cases of missing and disappeared persons.
“Today it is vital to remember and commemorate those persons who are missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights from existence around the world. We must remember those persons who have been effectively deleted because they belonged to the wrong nationality, religion, race, class, gender or political group,” said ICMP’s Director-General, Ms.Kathryne Bomberger.
26 November 2009: A delegation of senior officials from Republika Srpska’s Crime Police Directorate visited the forensic facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla and its international headquarters and DNA laboratory in Sarajevo in order to enhance their cooperation with ICMP.
ICMP has collected almost 90,000 blood samples from families in the region with missing relatives to conduct DNA identity testing of recovered mortal remains from clandestine graves; however, there are still family members in Republika Srpska samples that need to be located, who may want to provide blood. The RS Interior Ministry will enhance its cooperation with ICMP to locate the remaining family members in the hope of obtaining these samples.
19 November 2009: A delegation of officials from Serbia’s war crimes investigative authorities visited the forensic facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla and its international headquarters in Sarajevo on a fact-finding and familiarization visit.
18 November 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the adoption of the Law on Homage to Disappeared Persons and Other Measures for their Search and Identification, which was adopted yesterday by the Colombian Congress.
“This law is an important step forward in the search and identification process and the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration to the missing in Colombia,” said Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP’s Director-General. “The law strengthens the process of genetic identification, and provides for protection of a victims’ genetic information. It also includes measures for protecting the integrity of unidentified remains and for the protection of places of clandestine burial.”
13 November 2009: The Deputy Speaker of the House of Peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Dusanka Majkic, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo.
The Deputy Speaker met with ICMP’s Director-General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, and discussed areas of mutual interest and concern regarding the issue of missing persons, including the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons, the rights of families of the missing and the Missing Persons Institute for Bosnia and Herzegovina. She…
12 November 2009: Representatives of the Government Commission on Detainees and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia, the Government Commission on Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and representatives of Family Associations of Missing Persons from Croatia and Serbia met this week in Osijek, Republic of Croatia.
10 November 2009: Thirty students from the Law Faculties of the Universities of Mostar, Banja Luka and Sarajevo visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today.
The delegation, which saw law students from each of Bosnia’s main universities joined together in one party, visited ICMP’s three forensic facilities in Tuzla; the Podrinje Identification Project, the Lukavac Re-association Centre and the Identification Coordination Division (ICD). ICMP constructed the first two projects specifically to assist in the identification of victims of the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, while ICD exists as ICMP’s worldwide centre for the processing of information about missing persons. The students also received briefings on the work of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI), as well as a presentation on the implementation of the…
6 November 2009: Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, The Right Honourable David Miliband MP, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today as part of a visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina, praising the organisation’s support to international and regional justice.
29 October 2009: The Spanish Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina, His Excellency Senor Alejandro Enrique Alvargonzalez San Martin, visited the forensic facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla. The Ambassador was accompanied by a delegation from The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
14 October 2009: The German Government has provided 500,000 Euros to the International Commission on Missing Persons demonstrating its continued commitment to the process of recovery and identification of persons missing in the Western Balkans. In a separate grant agreement the German Government will, for the first time, support ICMP’s programs in Iraq with a contribution of some 700,000 Euros for the period to the end of 2010. This brings to almost 3,150,000 EUR the total amount of funding committed by the German government to ICMP.