Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister visits ICMP

ICMP's Cheryl Katmatzyk briefs Mr. Manaj, Mr. Gjetaj and Dr. Gerxhaliu about the work of ICMP's work on reassociating mortal remains from secondary mass graves.Vlasti Kosova i Međunarodna komisija za nestale osobe (ICMP) dodatno su poboljšali svoju saradnju i odlučnost da riješe problem nestalih osoba na Kosovu tokom posjete zamjenika premijera Kosova, Rame Manaj objektima ICMP-a u Bosni i Hercegovini. U delegaciji su i gospodin Prenk Gjetaj, šef Vladine komisije za nestale osobe i dr. Arsim Gerxhaliu, šef Kancelarija za nestala lica i sudsku medicine (KNLSM).

Philippines government praises INTERPOL’s and ICMP’s exemplary support in ferry disaster victim identification

Representatives of INTERPOL, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Philippines law enforcement authorities, local and national government authorities attend the ceremony in Cebu.The efforts of INTERPOL, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Philippines law enforcement authorities, local and national government authorities as well as the wider international community in identifying the victims of Typhoon Frank have proved an outstanding example of international co-operation, said Philippines Secretary of Defense Gilbert Teodoro.

At an official ceremony in Cebu City to mark the handover of the process of victim identification from the ferry disaster of June 21, 2008, the work of the INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) and the ICMP was also recognised by a Presidential Citation for the services rendered to the Philippines for their role in helping the national law enforcement authorities to…

ICMP briefs Bosnia's War Crimes Prosecutors

ICMP's seminar for the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) provided a special, in-depth presentation of its work to a high-level delegation of 20 national and International Prosecutors from the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The objective of the ICMP seminar was to provide prosecutors with an overview of the technical assistance that ICMP provides to governments in locating, recovering and identifying the mortal remains of persons missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights.  Given that ICMP assistance in this regard is also relevant to criminal prosecutions, it is also important that prosecutors understand the scope of ICMP's work and the type…

ICMP Commends BiH Parliament for Marking Human Rights Day by Highlighting Plight of the Missing

Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director-General commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for marking the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human RightsICMP commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for marking the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights by holding a special session of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Rights of the Child, Youth, Immigration, Refugees, Asylum and Ethics of the Parliamentary Assembly.

During the special session Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of ICMP, noted, “There are still over 13,000 persons missing from the armed conflicts that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This fact constitutes one of the biggest human rights issues facing Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region today.”

High-Level Colombian Delegation Visits ICMP

Colombian delegation recives a presentation from ICMPDelegacija 19 visokih zvaničnika iz Kolumbije, uključena u rješavanje pitanja nasilnih nestanaka u Kolumbiji, posjetila je sjedište Međunarodne komisije za nestale osobe (ICMP) u Bosni i Hercegovini u periodu od 20. do 25. novembra 2008. godine.

Na osnovu svojih iskustava i stručnosti, ICMP je za kolumbijsku delegaciju održao detaljne prezentacije o jačanju institucionalnih kapaciteta, stvaranju održivih zakonskih okvira i poboljšanju tehničkih mogućnosti za lociranje, ekshumaciju i identifikaciju nestalih osoba. Osim toga, ICMP je posebno naglasio značaj uključivanja građanskog društva u sve aspekte procesa i potrebu za adekvatnim obrazovanjem i informisanjem udruženja porodica nestalih osoba o samom procesu.

ICMP Conference: Families of the Missing Press for Regional Cooperation

11th annual Regional Networking Conference on the Missing Persons IssuesMeđunarodna komisija za nestale osobe/lica (ICMP) organizirala je konferenciju u Beogradu, u Republici Srbiji, od 28. do 30. novembra 2008. godine, na kojoj se okupilo više od stotinu predstavnika udruženja porodica nestalih, nadležnih institucija vlada u regionu, kao i parlamentarci i predstavnici organizacija za ljudska prava kako bi diskutovali o problemima vezanim za otkrivanje sudbine osoba nestalih u konfliktima u 90-im godinama prošlog vijeka u Jugoistočnoj Evropi.

ICMP Conference: Families and Regional Governments Determined to Resolve Problem of the Missing

Family associations, key representatives of regional governments, parliamentarians, diplomats and human rights organizations sit together on ICMP conferenceA mutual determination to find resolution to the long-standing problem of people missing from the conflicts of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia saw family associations, key representatives of regional governments, parliamentarians, diplomats and human rights organizations united at the three-day 11th annual ‘Regional Networking Conference on the Missing Persons Issues’ being held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia from 28th to 30th November.

Germany Continues Vital Funding to ICMP

ICMP Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger and the German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Joachim Schmidt are signing a donor funding agreementVlada Njemačke nastavlja svoju vitalnu podršku radu Međunarodne komisije za nestale osobe (ICMP) donacijom od 600.000 eura za ovu godinu. Ova donacija namijenjena je ICMP-evom programu DNK identifikacije, pomoću kojeg je ICMP do sada pomogao u identifikaciji skoro 12.000 osoba nestalih 90-ih godina prošlog stoljeća u oružanim sukobima u Bosni i Hercegovini.

„ICMP, skupa sa ostalim organizacijama, već godinama pruža značajan doprinos procesu pomirenja u Bosni i Hercegovini. Uprkos njihovom radu, 13.000 osoba u BiH se vode kao nestali. Identificirajući žrtve nađene u masovnim grobnicama ICMP omogućuje rodbini da dobiju pouzdane informacije i da se pomire sa prošlošću. Njemačka izuzetno cijeni ICMP-eve napore. Zbog toga smo donirali skoro dva miliona…

ICMP releases key report on Colombia’s Missing

Map of ColombiaICMP report provides overview of the problem and important recommendations to Colombia

The report, entitled Colombia's Response to Enforced Disappearances, examines Colombia's efforts to confront the problem of thousands of cases of enforced disappearance through analyzing its work in searching for and identifying victims, including the institutional and procedural mechanisms established for that purpose, the technical processes employed and the work undertaken directly with the victims, as they were at the close of the assessment (March 2008). Further, the report contains a list of precise recommendations that, if implemented, should further enhance different aspects of the search and identification process in Colombia.

One of the many tragic consequences of Colombia's internal armed conflict has been the enforced disappearance of many thousands of people. In cases of…