Yearly Archives: 2014

ICMP Conference Report, The Missing: An Agenda for the Future Published

20 May 2014: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) issued a comprehensive Report from its conference on the issue of missing persons “The Missing: An Agenda for the Future”. The report provides an overview of the issue of missing persons globally and highlights recommendations made by the conference delegates.

The ICMP conference was the first of its kind and it gathered together more than 200 prominent policymakers, human rights activist, scientists, academia, journalists, representatives of victim and survivor groups from Libya, Mexico, Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America, Syria, Croatia, Iraq, Serbia and other countries to discuss missing persons cases from all causes.

ICMP calls on Nigerian authorities to step up the search for missing girls

8 May 2014: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) expresses its deep concern over the fact that more than three weeks have passed since 276 Nigerian students were abducted on 14 April 2014 by a militant group in this country. ICMP is therefore calling on the Nigerian authorities to immediately take effective measures to remedy the situation by ending this ongoing crime against humanity.

BiH Chief Prosecutor Goran Salihovic visits ICMP Headquarters and DNA laboratory

Meeting of ICMP Director General and BiH Chief Prosecutor in ICMP's HQ.

6 May 2014: The Chief Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH Mr. Goran Salihović toured the headquarters and DNA laboratory of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. Mr. Salihović and ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger reviewed the cooperation between the two institutions as well as the general progress and challenges in the process to locate and identify persons missing from armed conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990’s.

Mr. Salihović was briefed on ICMP’s assistance to governments in the Western Balkans and worldwide in accounting for persons missing from armed conflicts, natural disasters, human rights violations and other causes. Accompanied by Ms. Bomberger, Mr. Salihović also toured ICMP’s main DNA laboratory where he was introduced to the scientific techniques of DNA identification used by ICMP to account for more than 17,500 persons in the Western Balkans, of which 14,500 were missing persons relevant to…

ICMP Commissioner, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, Visits Bosnia to Review Progress in Accounting for Missing Persons

ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek during his visit to BiH

25 April 2014: ICMP’s Commissioner, the distinguished Norwegian diplomat, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from April 23rd to 25th to review progress made in accounting for persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s. During his first visit to BiH as an ICMP commissioner, Vollebaek visited ICMP’s facilities and met with the Chief Prosecutor, the Board of Directors of the Missing Persons Institute, members of the Regional Coordination of Missing Persons Family Associations as well as representatives of the International Community.

A group of dignitaries and academics from the UK visit ICMP

An ICMP staff member explains the anthropological analysis of mortal remains in PIP, Tuzla, Bosnia

16 April 2014: A delegation of members of the British House of Lords, human rights activists and public appointees paid a visit to the headquarters and identification facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla from Monday through Wednesday. The visit is organized by “Remembering Srebrenica”, a UK charitable initiative.

Members of the delegation include: Baroness Hussein-Ece, who in addition to her background in local government is the Liberal Democrats’ gender and equalities spokesperson; Baroness Manzoor, who was the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, and served as the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales; Baroness Williams who has worked extensively in government and on sub-regional governance issues; lecturer Dr Akil Awan; Dr Krishnan Manocha, Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í community; lawyer, historian and former journalist Dr Farooq Bajwa, and chief executive of Unitas Communications, Muddassar Ahmed.

British Government Minister leads delegation on visit to ICMP

11 April 2014: Led by Mr. Stephen Williams MP, the UK’s Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, a group of young British opinion makers and civil servants visited the Headquarters and facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla on 9th and 10th of April.

This is the fourth visit of its kind organized by Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, the Chairman of the charitable initiative “Remembering Srebrenica”.

Iraqi Women’s Network the “Ship of Life” Meets to Secure Legal Status as NGO that Works on the Missing

4 April 2014: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facilitated the 5th meeting of the “Ship of Life” women’s network in Basra, Iraq, on 2 and 3 April, 2014. The meeting was attended by family representatives of missing persons from across Iraq who have lost their relatives as a result of human rights abuses in Iraq.

For the first time, women representing groups from different sectarian groups, including, Sunni Arab women from the troubled Anbar province attended the meeting. In addition, representatives of the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, the Martyrs’ Foundation, and the Kurdish Regional Government’s Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs attended the meeting. Observers from the Basra provincial council,…

Women Face Unique Challenges in Searching for Missing Loved Ones from Conflict and Human Rights Abuses

7 March 2014: On the occasion of the International Woman’s Day, the 8th of March, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) would like to highlight the challenges faced by women in searching for loved ones missing from armed conflict and human rights abuses.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina it has been determined that 87% of those missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s were men, leaving women and children to struggle with the consequences. A similar pattern is visible in the rest of the Western Balkans, as well as globally, according to ICMP data.

ICMP and Libya Agree to Expand Cooperation during Minister’s Visit

28 February 2014: The Libyan Minister for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons (MAFMM) H.E. Mr. Ali Gadur and ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger agreed to expand cooperation in the process of locating and identifying missing persons in Libya. This agreement was reached during Mr. Gadur’s five day visit to ICMP. The delegation also included the Libyan Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Abdullah Aburziza and other representatives.