The Chargé d’ Affaires of the EU Delegation to BiH, Boris Iarochevitch visited ICMP’s headquarters and the DNA laboratory in Sarajevo as well as the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) and ICMP’s Identification Coordination Center (ICD) in Tuzla today.
Following the conclusion of his visit Mr. Iarochevitch stated, “I am very impressed with the work that ICMP has accomplished so far. It has provided a level of accuracy in accounting for missing persons that has never before been available to governments confronted with large numbers of missing persons from armed conflict. ICMP’s work has not only contributed…
The Minister of Human Rights, H.E. Mohammed S. Al-Sudaney and the Director of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss enhancing their cooperation in locating, recovering and identifying persons missing as a result of the regime of Saddam Hussein and decades of external and internal conflicts.
“It is estimated that between 250,000 to 1 million persons are missing in Iraq,” said Minster Al-Sudaney. “It is important for the future of Iraq that we engage in a sustainable effort to address this issue. Millions of Iraqis has been affected by decades of abuse and we must work on their behalf to find their missing relatives,” he added. “The ICMP has had tremendous success in helping other governments in the world address this issue and we look forward to enhancing our cooperation with them.”
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) announced the launch of its interactive online missing persons search tool called the “ICMP Online Inquiry Center” today at its Headquarters. The ICMP Online Inquiry Center will allow families of the missing and others to track missing persons cases through three different search engines, including the “Missing Persons Inquiry,” the “Postmortem Sample Inquiry,” and the “Excavation Site Inquiry.”
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) together with the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) officially announced the creation of the MPI Central Records on Missing Persons (CEN). ICMP’s assistance in the creation of the CEN will help MPI expedite the verification of the list and other data relevant to missing persons cases from the BiH conflict, in accordance with the BiH Law on Missing Persons and through procedures promulgated in the Book of Rules on the CEN.
The High Representative and EU Special Representative (HR/EUSR) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Valentin Inzko, visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and Podrinje Identification Project in Tuzla today.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Adam Boys, Mr. Inzko first visited PIP, which was specifically created to assist in 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. Mr. Inzko saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist domestic authorities in making a final determination of identity so…