6 June 2011: The Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Republika Srpska Mr. Ranko Škrbić, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today in Sarajevo, where he was welcomed by ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger. The two discussed areas of mutual interest regarding the issue of missing persons, including scientific advances in the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons.
11 May 2011: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) together with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) is holding a two-day conference on missing persons, memory and sites of conscience. For this conference the ICMP and ICSC gathered representatives of different victim associations and relevant experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, as well as experts from Argentina, Chile, Northern Ireland and South Africa. The participants agreed that properly commemorating atrocities, as an element of transitional justice, is of key importance to the process of healing in post-conflict society.
7 May 2011: United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed the appointment of Ambassador Thomas Miller as the new Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). In his nearly three decades as an American career diplomat, Ambassador Miller has held three Ambassadorial appointments in the U.S. diplomatic service, including Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999-2001), Ambassador to Greece (2001-2004) and Special Cyprus Coordinator (1997-1999). In addition, Ambassador Miller has served in senior executive positions in both governmental and non-governmental organizations. He is currently President/CEO of the International Executive Service Corps, a non-profit organization that promotes prosperity and stability in the developing world through private enterprise.
21 April 2011: The British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Michael Tatham opened a session of the Advisory Board of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI BiH) by launching an ICMP Guide for Families of the Missing. Following this, Ambassador Tatham visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facilities and met with ICMP’s forensic experts in Tuzla.
1 April 2011: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) concluded yesterday in Banja Luka a series of 18 public presentations held throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. During these events, ICMP staff in cooperation with staff of the BiH Missing Persons Institute provided an overview of the process of exhumations and identifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the role of all institutions and individuals involved in this complex process.
30 March 2011: Chilean Ambassador to Hungary His Excellency Rodrigo Nieto Maturana visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. HE Nieto is on a two-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the purpose of presentation of his credentials to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, Ambassador Nieto received briefings on ICMP’s assistance to governments worldwide, and toured the organizations’ main laboratory in Sarajevo where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and of blood samples from surviving relatives from all around the globe.
15 March 2011: Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Sarajevo Brigadier General David B. Enyeart visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. Brig. Gen. Enyeart met with ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger who briefed him on ICMP’s assistance to governments worldwide.
3 March 2011: The International Commission on Missing Persons is making its report on missing persons from the Kosovo conflict available to the general public. The report was initially provided to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, as well as to authorities in Serbia and Kosovo in the fall of 2010.
The report focuses in particular on the technical assistance that ICMP has provided to UNMIK and later to EULEX in the provision of DNA identification work.
16 February 2011: 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 to ensuring transparency and accountability in…
10 February 2011: 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.”