Monthly Archives: October 2022

US Ambassador to BIH Visits Project for Identifying Srebrenica Genocide Victims

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 26 October 2022: The meticulous process of identifying victims of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the focus of a visit today by United States ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Michael John Murphy to see the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

At the Podrinje Identification Project, a facility established to assist with the identification of Srebrenica genocide victims, Ambassador Murphy, who was accompanied by the Deputy Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program, Samira Krehic, observed work by ICMP staff to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in identifying persons missing from the conflict. The Podrinje Identification Project was established by ICMP in Tuzla in 1999 to ensure a dedicated process to identify the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide.

Using DNA-based identification methods, ICMP has assisted Bosnia and Herzegovina in the identification of the 75 percent of the 30,000 persons reported missing as a consequence…

ICMP supports Ukraine in locating and identifying missing persons from the war

Kharkiv, Ukraine, 7 October 2022 – Following a meeting with Deputy Interior Minister Meri Akopyan on 28 September, a team from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) deployed together with the national police to Eastern Ukraine this week to learn more about the challenges to locate and identify missing persons from the on-going war.

The visit will help enhance a strategy to assist Ukraine in locating over 15,000 persons missing since the war began to judicial standards of evidence that will make it possible to hold perpetrators of atrocities to account in both international and domestic courts and provide the public with factual and credible information regarding disappeared persons and related crimes.

The ICMP team visited the regional Bureau of Forensic Expertise in Kharkiv and the Scientific and Research Expert and Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs which are responsible for investigating missing persons cases, including identifying victims…