Monthly Archives: June 2018

President Coleiro Preca of Malta Supports ICMP’s Initiative To Help States Account for Missing Mediterranean Migrants

The Hague, 21 June 2018: In Attard, Malta, today, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Ms. Kathryne Bomberger discussed the issue of missing Mediterranean migrants, with particular emphasis on missing child migrants.

Ms Bomberger briefed President Coleiro Preca on the outcome of meetings organized by ICMP in Rome on 11 June to address the issue of missing migrants in the Mediterranean region. At the inaugural meeting of the Joint Process to account for missing migrants, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta agreed to coordinate their efforts and explore ways of sharing information and pooling resources systematically. At a roundtable discussion after the inaugural meeting, technical experts from the Mediterranean countries and international organizations examined how the Joint Process can be taken forward. At a “Profiles of the Missing” forum organized by ICMP at the Swiss Embassy in Rome the same evening, those who…

ICMP Brings International Organizations And European Countries Together to Enhance Cooperation in Accounting for Missing Migrants

Rome, 12 June 2018: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) convened a meeting in Rome on Monday afternoon to ensure cooperation between international organizations and European countries in addressing the issue of missing Mediterranean migrants.

The roundtable with international organizations followed a meeting earlier in the day at which government representatives from Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta asserted their intention to develop a Joint Process to coordinate efforts to address this issue. The government representatives agreed that ICMP would help facilitate this process.

Representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Frontex, Interpol, Europol, OHCHR, the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), and the ICRC participated in the roundtable, which was designed to ensure that the Mediterranean countries receive support in addressing this issue.

The issue of missing migrants concerns those who have died as well those who have disappeared but who may still be alive.  In 2017, more than…

ICMP and the Swiss Embassy Highlight Plight of Families of Missing Migrants in “Profiles of the Missing” Event

Rome, 11 June 2018: Families of missing migrants in the Mediterranean region participated in an event titled “Profiles of the Missing: the Journey to Europe and the Rights of Missing Migrants,” organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons and hosted by the Swiss Embassy in Rome today.

The families, together with policymakers and international organizations working on the migration issue, shared their experiences and developed recommendations on effective efforts to account for missing migrants. They also called for the rights of families of the missing to be upheld.

Family members described their experiences, and their response to personal loss, as well as their continuing efforts to find their relatives. They also spoke of…

Developing a Joint Process on the Issue Of Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean Region

Rome, 11 June 2018: Representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta met at the Villa Massimo in Rome this morning at the invitation of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). Participants at the meeting asserted their intention to develop a joint process aimed at enhancing cooperation among European and other States to account for migrants who have gone missing or who have died in the Mediterranean region.

“Locating and accounting for missing migrants requires effective administrative and investigatory cooperation among States, including coordinating existing capacities, in particular to improve the utility of available data and to source technical capabilities,” participants said in a statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting. “It is also necessary to coordinate efforts more…

“Profiles of the Missing” to Examine Issue of Persons Missing As a Result of Migration in the Mediterranean Region

The Hague, 31 May 2018: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Embassy of Switzerland will organize a “Profiles of the Missing” event in Rome on 11 June.

Profiles of the Missing is a public forum that brings together families of missing persons to examine core elements of the missing persons issue, raise public awareness, make recommendations, and demonstrate to policymakers that this issue is an indispensable element in addressing regional security, conflict-prevention, peace building and international justice. The active participation of surviving relatives of the missing is central to the Profiles approach.

The Profiles of the Missing event on 11 June in Rome will examine current approaches to accounting for persons missing as a result of migration in the Mediterranean region. It will follow a series of meetings in Rome designed to launch a multilateral initiative to tackle this issue.

Her Majesty Queen Noor, who has been an ICMP…