Monthly Archives: March 2024

ICMP Visits Canada and Releases Interim Report

21 March 2024, Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario: Canada can take effective steps to support First Nations, Metis, and Inuit rights holders as they seek justice and accountability for the death or disappearance of children in the former Indian Residential School System, Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), said today.

Ms Bomberger was speaking at the presentation of an Interim Report on the work of ICMP’s program to help Indigenous communities in Canada find their missing children. She said ICMP can assist the stakeholders “in a process to establish the fate and whereabouts of children who went missing, and work with families and Canadian authorities to secure truth and justice, which are a prerequisite for reconciliation.”

The Interim Report on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials covers work carried out by ICMP in Canada between January 2023 and March 2024 and recommends next steps. The…

Countries in the Middle East Can Account for More Missing Persons By Sharing Experience and Best Practice

The Hague, 1 March 2024: Representatives of ambassadors from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) gathered in The Hague today at a meeting facilitated by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), to address the issue of missing persons in the region.

Chaired by Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Political Planning Affairs, Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, the informal meeting was held in preparation for a Middle East and North Africa regional experts’ meeting on missing persons, which ICMP intends to facilitate in Iraq later in 2024.

Participants were briefed on the upcoming event in Baghdad, the objective of which is to advance cooperation on the issue of the missing among countries in the MENA region by sharing experience and best practice.

Dr. Al-Alawi, a member of ICMP’s Panel of Experts, thanked Germany and the Netherlands for supporting ICMP’s work, and stressed that the planned experts’ conference can support cooperation on an issue…