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Representatives of Syrian Civil Society Organizations Call for Strategic Vision to Find Syria’s Missing

The Hague, 22 January 2024 – At a meeting facilitated by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) this weekend in Istanbul, Türkiye, representatives of Syrian civil society organizations discussed measures to account for missing persons from Syria.

Proposals include bringing together families of the missing and CSOs across political and conflict lines; promoting measures to ensure that States hosting Syrian refugees work with Syrian groups, including supporting data collection from refugees; and undertaking systematic investigations inside Syria by developing cooperation with, and among, Syrian human rights and first responder organizations. This last proposal includes human identification work undertaken to the highest scientific standards. Other recommendations include the creation of a Syrian law on missing persons, the establishment of an inter-ministerial Commission, and the development of a Syrian Central Record on missing persons.

Participants noted that the creation of the UN Independent Institution on Missing Persons (IIMP) has the potential to deliver…