Monthly Archives: November 2023

ICMP Completes 3rd DNA Reference Collection Campaign From Syrian Families Living in Europe

The Hague, 1 December 2023 – The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has completed the third phase of a campaign that enables Syrian families of the missing who are residing as refugees in Europe to provide genetic reference samples voluntarily, to help locate relatives missing either in Syria as a result of the conflict, or along migration routes after fleeing the conflict. The most recent campaign took place in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg during November 2023.

A total of 123 DNA samples were provided by Syrian families during the two-week campaign. In addition, family members provided data about themselves and their missing loved ones, including the location where they were last seen and the circumstances of the disappearance. To date, ICMP has collected data from more than 75,000 families of the missing who have reported 27,000 missing persons from Syria.  Genetic reference samples are only collected by ICMP…

ICMP Conference of States Parties Discusses Strategy To Address Global Challenge of Missing Persons

The Hague, 16 November: Representatives of states and organizations that support and cooperate with the International Commission on Missing persons (ICMP) gathered today at ICMP’s Headquarters in The Hague for the 9th meeting of the ICMP Conference of States Parties Financial Committee and the fourth meeting of the ICMP Conference of States Parties (CSP).

Today’s meetings were chaired by Germany’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Dr. Cyrill Nunn, as Germany has assumed the presidency of the CSP, taking over from the United Kingdom.

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger briefed the CSP on ICMP’s programs and the evolving nature of the global challenge of missing persons. Among other countries, she cited Ukraine, where “the authorities are trying to develop a missing persons process based on the rule of law, whereby evidence collected in investigations will be able to be presented in court. This is an unprecedented endeavor by a country at war.”

Ms Bomberger also…

Iraqi Institutions Collaborate with ICMP to Collect DNA Reference Samples From Iraqi Yazidi Families of the Missing Residing in Germany

Stuttgart, 15 November 2023:  The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has conducted a joint Pilot Project with the Medico-Legal Directorate (MLD) of the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the Directorate for Protection and Affairs of Mass Graves (MGD) of the Iraqi Martyrs’ Foundation to collect DNA reference samples from Iraqi Yazidi families of the missing residing in Germany.

The DNA Pilot Project, which is the first of its kind, took place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 4 to 12 November and resulted in the collection of more than 200 reference samples. ICMP organized the effort, which allowed the relevant Iraqi authorities to collect the data in Germany for the purpose of identifying the large number of victims of Da’esh atrocities.

“Using a DNA-led identification process is critical, not only to the identification of a missing person, but to linking the identity to the scene of the crime,” said ICMP Director-General Kathryne…

(Albanian)Një vit më pas, baza e përbashkët e të dhënave të Ballkanit Perëndimor mbetet vendimtare Për përpjekjet rajonale për të gjetur të zhdukurit

Photo from the launch of the Regional Database in The Hague, November 3, 2022.

Hagë, 3 nëntor 2023: Sot shënohet njëvjetori i lançimit  të Databazës Rajonale të rasteve aktive të personave të zhdukur nga konfliktet në territorin e ish-Jugosllavisë. Baza e të dhënave u lançua nga Grupi i Personave të Zhdukur të Ballkanit Perëndimor (GPZH), i cili përbëhet nga Krerët dhe përfaqësues të tjerë të lartë të institucioneve nga Bosnja dhe Hercegovina, Kroacia, Kosova, Mali i Zi dhe Serbia që janë përgjegjës për llogaridhenjen e personave të zhdukur. GPZH u krijua me mbështetjen e Komisionit Ndërkombëtar për Personat e Zhdukur (ICMP) në nëntor 2018.

Databaza Rajonale u siguron anëtarëve të GPZH-së një platformë moderne softuerike për shkëmbimin e të dhënave në kohë reale dhe familjeve të të zhdukurve me informacione të sakta dhe të përditësuara mbi rastet e personave të zhdukur nga konfliktet në ish-Jugosllavi. Pavarësisht nga sfidat politike, bashkëpunimi i vazhdueshëm midis institucioneve vendase në rajon ka qenë vendimtar në ruajtjen e…

One Year on, Western Balkans Shared Database Remains Crucial to Regional Efforts to Find the Missing

Photo from the launch of the Regional Database in The Hague, November 3, 2022.

The Hague, 3 November 2023: Today marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Regional Database of active missing persons cases from conflicts on the territory of former Yugoslavia. The Database was launched by the Western Balkans Missing Persons Group (MPG), which comprises Heads and other senior representatives of institutions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia that are responsible for accounting for missing persons. The MPG was established with the support of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in November 2018.

The Regional Database provides the MPG members with a modern software platform for the exchange of data in real time data and families of the missing with accurate and up-to-date information on missing persons cases from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Despite political challenges, enduring cooperation among domestic institutions in the region has been instrumental in maintaining this vital resource.

“The Regional Database,…