Monthly Archives: December 2019

FTESË E HAPUR PËR PROPOZIME PËR GRANTE TË VOGLA TË ICMP PËR SHOQATAT E FAMILJEVE TË PERSONAVE TË ZHDUKUR (FAS)

DATA E LËSHIMIT: 27 DHJETOR 2019

DATA E MBYLLJES: 14 SHKURT 2020

I. PROGRAMI PËR GRANTE TË VOGLA I KOMISIONIT NDËRKOMBËTAR PËR PERSONAT E ZHDUKUR (ICMP)

Komisioni Ndërkombëtar për Personat e Zhdukur (ICMP) fton shoqatat ose organizatat e familjeve të personave të zhdukur dhe organizatat e shoqërisë civile të paraqesin një kërkesë për “Grantet e Vogla të saj për Shoqatat e Familjeve të Personave të Zhdukur (FA)”, në Ballkanin Perëndimor për periudhën 2020-2021″.

ICMP është një organizatë ndërkombëtare e pavarur, e bazuar në traktate, me më shumë se 20 vjet përvojë në 40 vende. Ajo është e vetmja organizatë ndërkombëtare që ka si detyrë ekskluzivisht të punojë për çështjen e personave të zhdukur. Ajo i ndihmon qeveritë të ndërtojnë institucione të sundimit të ligjit dhe që të kërkojnë me sukses dhe paanshmëri dhe të identifikojnë personat e zhdukur, si dhe mbështet përpjekjet për t’u bërë të mundur familjeve të zhdukur të kërkojnë…

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ICMP´S SMALL GRANTS FOR THE ASSOCIATIONS OF FAMILIES OF MISSING PERSONS (FAS)”, WESTERN BALKANS (2020-2021)

ISSUE DATE: 27-Dec-19

CLOSING DATE: 14-Feb-20

I. INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON MISSING PERSONS (ICMP) SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) invites associations or organizations of families of missing persons and civil society organizations to submit an application for its “Small Grants for the Associations of Families of Missing Persons (FAs)”, Western Balkans 2020-2021”.

ICMP is an independent, treaty-based international organization with more than 20 years of experience in 40 countries. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It helps governments build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons, and it supports efforts to enable families of the missing to assert their rights.

II. ABOUT ICMP PROGRAM IN THE WESTERN BALKANS

In the Western Balkans ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil…

Daily World News Digest 20 December 2019

Guatemala: identifying civil war victims

National Geographic reports on efforts to identify victims of Guatemala’s civil war. Through exhumations, forensic analysis, and DNA collection campaigns, scientists at the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation have identified nearly 3,500 of the disappeared. https://on.natgeo.com/35IIQNV

A systematic missing persons process: lessons from Romania

AFP reports on the issue of mass graves during the 1989 revolution in Romania, showing how the absence of a systematic and law-based process can create chaos and misunderstanding when it comes to locating and identifying large numbers of missing persons. https://bit.ly/2EAfdTa

Lebanon: arbitrary arrests

Amnesty International has called on the authorities in Lebanon to launch a thorough, independent and effective investigation into violence against protesters. Amnesty has documented incidents of unlawful and excessive use of force, as well as other human rights violations such as failure to protect peaceful protesters, arbitrary arrests and torture and ill-treatment. http://bit.ly/397aw1k

UN urges Iran to end…

ICMP Welcomes Brazil Special Commission on Missing Persons to HQ in The Hague

The Hague, 20 December 2019: Mr. Marco Vinicius Pereira de Carvalho, President of the Brazil Special Commission on Political Dead and Missing Persons met with Director-General, Kathryne Bomberger of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Director of ICMP’s Science and Technology Program, Dr. Thomas Parsons, to review steps made in identifying missing persons from the Perus Working Group.

Over the last two years, ICMP has assisted Brazil through cooperation with the Perus Working Group, which works to identify bodies that were interred in a clandestine mass grave in the Dom Bosco Cemetery in Perus, Sao Paulo, between 1971 and 1975, during the military government rule.  Over 700 cases have been examined and tested from this complex assemblage of human remains.  ICMP helped Brazil identify two high profile cases. The identifications are symbolically significant to families of the missing as they demonstrate the present government’s commitment to use…

ICMP Training Strengthens Iraq’s Ability to Process DNA Samples Related to Missing Persons

The Hague, 19 December 2019: As part of its support to Iraqi authorities in developing capacity to handle missing persons cases, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) this week trained the leaders of the DNA lab at Iraq’s Medico-Legal Directorate (MLD).

The head of the lab, Mr. Mohammed Mashni Farhan, and deputy lab head Dr. Salim Shabaan Mahmood, were trained on using an automated puncher that will enable their lab to more than double the number of samples it processes a day. The ICMP, recently donated such a puncher to MLD, one of the Iraq’s main national agencies that are responsible for addressing the missing persons issue.

His Excellency, Hisham al Alawi, Ambassador of Iraq, staff from the Iraqi Embassy in the Netherlands, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger and the ICMP Director of Science and Technology, Thomas Parsons, took part in the opening session of the training, which was supported by the European Union….

Daily World News Digest 19 December 2019

Egypt: Italian student’s disappearance

The BBC reports that Italian prosecutors have told the first session of a parliamentary inquiry that Egyptian officials sought to mislead the investigation into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian citizen. Regeni was doing research for his doctorate in Cairo when he went missing in January 2016. His body was found nine days later. Prosecutors said Egypt’s claims about Regeni’s death had either been contradicted by a post-mortem examination in Italy, or debunked. https://bbc.in/2Q1XqJR

From Libya to Europe

Voice of America reports on the experience of migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe from Libya. UNHCR cites beatings, rape, torture and kidnappings as common occurrences. In 2019, more than 1,200 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration. http://bit.ly/2PB8RZT

Philippines: convictions over massacre in 2009

A court in the Philippines has convicted more than 40 people including police officers and…

Colombian Families of the Missing Discuss Perspectives and Priorities During Visit to ICMP in The Hague

Bogotá, 17 December 2019. From 10 to 13 December in The Hague, the Netherlands, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) brought families of the missing from Colombia together with representatives of families from other countries, as well as experts working in the field of missing persons, for a series of events at which participants exchanged experiences and perspectives.

Fourteen family members from Colombia described the effort being made to address the enormous legacy of missing persons in the country, the work that organizations and families are doing and the challenges and needs faced by  civil society organizations that work  to account for the disappeared.

ICMP organized strategic and technical workshops on topics such as reporting missing persons, data processing, location and exhumation of clandestine graves, and DNA identification. The Hague-based non-profit organization Justice and Peace Netherlands held a course on security for human rights defenders for the visitors.

“These workshops were…

Daily World News Digest 18 December 2019

Pakistan: lawyer working on disappearances goes missing

The family of Inamur Raheem, a lawyer known for pursuing cases of people allegedly kidnapped by Pakistan’s security agencies, say he has been abducted from his residence, Radio Free Europe reports. Raheem, described as a vocal critic of security agencies, had reported being harassed by security agencies. http://bit.ly/2Z03Jl8

Western Balkans: warm welcome for convicted war criminals

Youth activists from Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia who have monitored the public prominence of war criminals in their countries over the past two years warn that convicted offenders are welcomed hom in a manner that encourages them to take an active part in political life, Balkan Insight reports. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights, YIHR, cites cases where government leaders and church officials have warmly welcomed war criminals on their release from prison. http://bit.ly/2r87UPy

Libya: disappearance of journalist

A Libyan press freedom group says the arrest of journalist Rida…

Daily World News Digest 17 December 2019

Accounting for the missing in the Western Balkans

Voice of America reports on a US State Department’s exchange study program on accounting for the missing in the Western Balkans. One of the participants, Samira Krehic, Deputy Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program explains how accounting for the missing is an investment in peace. (Video in B/C/S starts at 16:40) http://bit.ly/2RWXLjH

Activist against enforced disappearances wins Franco-German Prize

Mary Aileen Bacalso, the former secretary-general of the Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances, has won the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for her work on behalf of victims of enforced disappearance and their families, Phil Star reports. http://bit.ly/2PRzngO

Malawi: extrajudicial killings by police

Police in Malawi have carried out extrajudicial killings in an anti-crime campaign, according to a report by the Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), AFP reports. The CHREAA report cites extrajudicial killings of…

Daily World News Digest 16 December 2019

Iraq: mass grave containing remains of 643 civilians discovered

A mass grave containing the remains of 643 civilians been discovered near a former Da’esh battleground in Iraq, the Independent newspaper from the UK reports. Official sources have reportedly confirmed that the bodies, found along the side of a road 5km north of Fallujah, belonged to the al-Muhamdah tribe – a group that disappeared in 2016. http://bit.ly/36Bsx5N

Mexico: 50 bodies exhumed from mass grave

The bodies of at least 50 people have been exhumed from a mass grave at a farm outside Guadalajara in wester Mexico, France 24 reports. According to the local prosecutor’s office, 13 bodies have been identified and the remains have been returned to their families. http://bit.ly/2LYySAk

Laos, Thailand urged to investigate enforced disappearances

On the seventh anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, dozens of civil society groups have urged the Lao and Thai…