H.M. Queen Noor, a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), addressed the U.S. Helsinki Committee in Washington yesterday at a hearing on responses to the issue of missing persons in the countries of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
ICMP estimates that worldwide there are over 1 million persons missing from war, violations of human rights, human trafficking and drug related violence, as well as approximately 150,000 persons who go missing from natural disasters on an annual basis. Despite the scale of the problem Queen Noor stressed that the issue of missing persons remains a silent one.
The Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Bosse Hedberg and ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger signed a donation agreement in ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo today. The donation was previously announced during the recent visit of the Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Johan Borgstam and the Swedish Ambassador to ICMP.
The International Commission Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Erbil, Iraq, held a conference on Iraqi compensation laws entitled “For a Life worth Living” on 5 February 2012 in Erbil, Iraq.
Sweden will continue to fund the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in the years 2012 and 2013 through a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This announcement was made during today’s visit of the Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Johan Borgstam and the Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Bosse Hedberg to ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo.