23 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) hosted a visit to an exhumation site by a high-level delegation of EU Ambassadors and diplomatic staff led by H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union and is a major donor to ICMP.
17 July 2009: Britain’s Minister for Europe, Baroness Glenys Kinnock, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons today as part of her first official trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms.Kathryne Bomberger, as well as by the British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Michael Tatham, and officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Baroness received briefings on ICMP’s work on behalf of governments worldwide, and toured the organisation’s main laboratory where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and blood from surviving relatives.
15 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) expresses full support for the successful outcome of today’s meeting between Dr.Nikola Spiric, Chairman of Bosnia’s Council of Ministers, and the representatives of The Regional Coordination Board of Families of the Missing from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.
13 July 2009: A high-level delegation including two members of the United States House of Representatives visited the Sarajevo headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The delegation consisted of Democratic Party Congressman Russ Carnahan from Missouri and Democratic Party Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey from California.
9 July 2009: Through the use of DNA identity testing, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has revealed the identity of 6,186 persons missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica, by analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing.
2 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held an information meeting in Banja Luka for representatives of the Republican Organization of Killed and Detained Soldiers and Missing Persons of Republika Srpska, Republican Board of Families of the Missing and the Union of Associations of Families of Missing and Captured Persons of Republika Srpska.
The purpose of this information meeting was for ICMP, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) to provide the family associations of the missing with an update on progress to date.
The Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves, in cooperation with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held a conference in Sarajevo entitled ‘The Challenges of Identifications and Burials of Mortal Remains of Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.’
24 June 2009: The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) continues its key work of finding and excavating mass graves as MPI teams began work on two key sites located in south-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute’s work at the two locations demonstrated its readiness and ability to operate as the state-level institution tasked with dealing with some 17,500 missing persons across the entire territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
21 June 2009: One year after the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars ferry during Typhoon Frank, INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today paid their respects to the victims and their families at a ceremony.
Following the disaster, in which an estimated 800 passengers and crew lost their lives when the ferry capsized, an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT), which included experts from the ICMP, was deployed to Cebu City to assist Philippine authorities in the identification of victims.
12 June 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is delighted to announce the implementation of a major donation of software from the Microsoft Corporation, with a commercial value of $162,000. This donation will enable ICMP to upgrade its operating systems, thereby improving and continuing its vital work of assisting governments to clarify the fate of missing persons including the use of DNA techniques to assist in the identification of the remains of tens of thousands of people missing from wars, human rights abuses and natural disasters worldwide.