Monthly Archives: September 2023

ICMP Recognizes Orange Shirt Day, the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation and All Those Who Did Not Return Home from Canada’s Residential Schools

The Hague, 29 September 2023: As Canada marks the 10th anniversary of Orange Shirt Day and the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) reaffirms its commitment to Residential School Survivors and Indigenous communities in achieving justice and accountability for the missing children and unmarked burials associated with Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system.

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said, “ICMP recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The ICMP Canada Program, like ICMP’s programs throughout the world, is focused on advancing truth, justice, and accountability. ICMP acknowledges the government of Canada’s efforts to address past injustices and urges the state to make reparations under its international human rights obligations.” Ms Bomberger continued: “To do this, we are actively reaching out to and listening to the experiences and the wishes of Survivors, Leadership, and Indigenous communities. We will be guided by their experience, and we…

New Book on Missing Persons in Ukraine Presented at ICMP Panel Discussion in The Hague

The Hague, 15 September 2023: The Ukrainian government’s commitment to efforts to fulfill its obligations to families of the missing should be recognized and applauded, the Chairperson of the International Commission on Missing Person (ICMP), Knut Vollebaek, said on Thursday.

Ambassador Vollebaek was speaking at a panel discussion organized at ICMP’s Headquarters in The Hague to present A Country of Missing People: Securing Justice and Truth for Families of the Missing in Ukraine, a newly-published book which describes in detail the scale of the missing persons challenge facing Ukraine, and the steps that can be taken to meet this challenge.

“The authorities are endeavoring to establish an effective missing persons process even as the country fights a war for its very survival,” Ambassador Vollebaek said. “This is not a contradiction. The authorities fully understand the legal, social and political consequences of a situation in which tens of thousands of their citizens…

Luxembourg Continues Support ICMP To Address the Global Challenge of Missing and Disappeared Persons

The Hague, 12 September 2023 – The government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has made a new financial donation to support efforts by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to help account for missing and disappeared persons. The donation will be used to fund vital operations at ICMP’s headquarters in The Hague and around the world.

“It is thanks to the goodwill and targeted support of long-standing partners such as Luxembourg that ICMP has been able to develop its advanced technical assistance capabilities and implement a growing number of country programs around the world,” ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today. “We are grateful for the indispensable and longstanding support provided by Luxembourg, one of the five original signatory countries to the Agreement establishing ICMP as a treaty-based international organization.”

“As an International focal point on the issue of missing persons, ICMP works from its Headquarters in The Hague across a…