Nearly 10,000 Victims Identified in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is about to make its 10,000th DNA identification of persons missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, of which almost 4,300 are the mortal remains of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica. Analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing, ICMP has assisted BiH in making accurate, DNA-led identifications for the last 5 years. This year, ICMP identified 445 persons who will be buried on the July 11th commemoration at Potočari.

BiH Minister of Justice and BiH Chief State Prosecutor visit ICMP

The Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barisa Colak, and the State Chief Prosecutor, Marinko Jurcevic, met with the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Ms. Kathryne Bomberger today during a visit to the headquarters of ICMP, located in Sarajevo.During their visit, they had an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues, including the initiative of the State Prosecutor to establish a State Forensics Institute in BiH.

Norway’s Donation to ICMP Contributes to Process

The Government of Norway made a financial contribution to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) this week. ICMP received 1,500,000 Norwegian Kroner (186,000 Euros) towards ICMP’s identification project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Since its establishment in 1996, ICMP has assisted the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in addressing the issue of persons missing from the conflict. Using scientific methods, primarily DNA analysis in identification of mortal remains, ICMP has helped thousands of families to find the truth about what happened to their loved ones.

ICMP collects blood samples from relatives of the missing and receives bone samples from court appointed pathologists. These are archived and sent to ICMP laboratories for testing. Once the DNA is extracted DNA profiles are entered into ICMP’s database and matched. To date ICMP’s efforts have resulted in DNA-assisted identifications of 9,756 individuals missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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First Meeting of MPI Governance Structures

The governing structures of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) held their inaugural meeting today in Sarajevo. The meeting of the Steering and Supervisory Board, along with the Board of Directors, marked the start of the functioning of the MPI. It is a State-level organization co-founded by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).The MPI was inaugurated as a State-level body on 30 August 2005 and will take over all the responsibilities, staff and budgets of the current entity bodies. By creating a sustainable, state-level structure, Bosnia-Herzegovina is taking an important step forward in addressing the issue of the missing.

US Deputy Chief of Mission Visits ICMP

The Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Judith Cefkin, and the Consul at the Embassy, Paul Boyd, visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today. Since its creation in 1996 at a G-7 Summit at the behest of then President Clinton, the United States continues to be one of the biggest supporters ICMP.

Interpol Secretary General visits ICMP

During a two day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble visited the headquarters office of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and its facilities and programs in Tuzla. His visit was prompted by the successful work the two organizations had contributed to in providing assistance to the Government of Thailand following the December 2004 tsunami.

Director-General Kathryne Bomberger awarded by France

The Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Kathryne Bomberger, received the Legion of Honor on Wednesday evening in Sarajevo. The French Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maryse Berniau, awarded the honor as “the proof of attention and recognition of the French Government for the work of Kathryne Bomberger in her mission and exceptional achievements of ICMP.”

The Council of Ministers Appoints MPI Steering Board Members

By appointing its members to the Steering Board of the Missing Persons Institute for Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) at today’s session, the Council of Ministers overcame the final administrative hurdle that would allow the MPI to begin functioning.As the co-founder of the MPI, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes today’s decision and has agreed with the Council of Ministers on the appointment of the top candidates who will now comprise of the 6 member management body for the Institute.

“Addressing the Past is Important for the Future of this Country”: German Ambassador

The German Ambassador and current Presidency of the EU in BiH, H.E. Michael Schmunk, yesterday led a delegation of representatives from EU embassies and missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a visit of the Tuzla facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

Accompanied by the ICMP Director-General, Kathryne Bomberger, they visited three facilities, including one where the mortal remains of Srebrenica genocide victims are re-associated, another where these mortal remains are stored and identified and the ICMP center where all blood samples collected by ICMP from relatives of the missing and all bone samples received from government authorities are archived and sent to ICMP labs for DNA-led analysis.

Queen Noor Discusses Missing Persons Issue with Government and Families

The Steering Board of the Missing Persons Institute (MPI) will be appointed next week at the latest, announced the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr Safet Halilović, today following a meeting with Her Majesty Queen Noor, Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The members of the MPI Board of Directors joined the meeting where implementation of the Law on Missing Persons and the Fund for Support to Family Associations was discussed. Minister Halilović announced that the agreement on appointing the highest ranking candidates will be respected. “The appointment will be on the agenda of the Council of Ministers either this week or next week”, he said.