Monthly Archives: July 2015

Brac Conference on Genetics

Zoran Budimilija reports on the proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) in Forensic, Anthropologic and Medical Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Translational Medicine, held from 22 to 26 June in Bol, on the island of Brač in Croatia (www.isabs.hr).

The conference was the latest in a series of biennial events organized by the International Society for Applied Biological Sciences, which is dedicated to the promotion of applied molecular biology, in the presence of more than 500 participants from all over the world. This year’s program focused on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in forensics, DNA investigative intelligence, and advances in forensic DNA routine, as well as anthropology genetics concerning ancient and modern human genome history, and the human genetic history of the continents.

The work of ICMP was presented at the Conference by Dr. Thomas Parsons, Director of ICMP’s Forensic Science Division…

Sustaining the Process of Accounting for Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the end of June, ICMP arranged media briefings in Banja Luka and Sarajevo to explain the latest developments in implementing recommendations from the Stocktaking Report published by ICMP in December last year. The Report is the most comprehensive analysis yet written of a country’s effort to account for missing persons after armed conflict.

It reviews

  • Wartime efforts to account for the missing, including the work of the various commissions established to exchange prisoners and remains of the deceased;
  • Post-war efforts to identify bodies, using traditional methods;
  • The domestic legal and institutional framework, including the enactment of the BiH Law on Missing Persons in October 2004 and the establishment of the BiH Missing Persons Institute (MPI) in August 2005; and
  • The scientific process, which witnessed an exponential rise in identifications after 2001 with the introduction of ICMP’s DNA-led Identification Data Management System.

The Report provides detailed information on the location and identification of the missing…

ICMP Joins Forces With Missing Persons Organization in Mexico

From 8 to 11 June, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger and Deputy Director of Forensic Sciences Adi Rizvic were in Monterrey, the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico, to take part in a series of activities with the NGO, Citizens in Support for Human Rights (CADHAC).

CADHAC was founded in 1993 to help people who have been wrongfully imprisoned, and to offer assistance to families of the disappeared. It has developed an innovative operating method that brings together families of victims, civil society and the authorities. Over the last 20 years, CADHAC has been able to change the way the issue of the missing is viewed in Nuevo Leon – by the police, prosecutors, judicial authorities and the general public – and as a result more systematic and effective ways of investigating disappearances and prosecuting those responsible have been introduced.

Since 2014, ICMP and CADHAC have been preparing…

Daily World News Digest, 2 July 2015

Recalling “responsibility to protect” UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

UN News Centre reported on 1 June that during a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.” “We are here to remember the thousands who lost their lives in the genocide…We are here to tell the families and friends of the victims that we share their sorrow,” Mr. Ban said at the special event commemorating the 8,000 men and boys who were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran Srebrenica in July 1995 – the largest such massacre on European soil since the founding of the United Nations. http://bit.ly/1Hx9Hwt 

Britain, Russia at odds over U.N. Srebrenica genocide commemoration

Euronews carried a story today saying that a draft…

Daily World News Digest, 1 July 2015

IOM hails efforts to raise migrant death ship off Libya’s coast

The International Organization for Migration reported on 30 June that migrant arrivals in Italy have topped 20,000 for each of the last two months. Approximately 2,900 migrants were rescued at sea in the channel of Sicily in the last 48 hours. These new arrivals, according to IOM estimates, brings to about 66,500 the total number of migrants that arrived in Italy in the first six months of the year – a slight increase from 63,884 rescued at this time last year. The rescue operations are ongoing. Among the rescued migrants, brought to the ports of Lampedusa, Catania, Pozzallo (Sicily), and Reggio Calabria on the Italian mainland, most numerous were Eritreans, Nigerians, Gambians, Malians, Senegalese and other sub-Saharan nationals. Separately, the Italian Navy announced yesterday it had begun efforts to recover the bodies of an estimated 750 or more migrants…