German Ambassador Visits Mass Grave Site

The German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michael Schmunk visited the newly discovered mass grave site in Gorice near Brčko, northern Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Thursday. The Director General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Ms. Kathryne Bomberger accompanied the Ambassador on his visit where ICMP forensic anthropologists and archeologists are providing assistance to local expert teams.
The mass grave site in Gorice is alleged to contain the remains of individuals who went missing in the Brcko area in 1992. However, a positive link will only be established following DNA analysis which will be undertaken by ICMP. ICMP uses scientific technology as tool to address one of the biggest human rights issues facing BiH today. ICMP introduced DNA as primary tool in missing persons identification in this region, demonstrating success on massive scale.

Regional Conference on the Missing Persons Issue in Brcko

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in coordination with representatives of associations of families of missing persons from the territory of the former Yugoslavia are organizing the Ninth Regional Networking Conference from 23 to 25 November 2006 in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This event is an annual opportunity for all groups involved in tracing for missing persons to share experiences and to discuss ways of improving the process in the future. Main themes to be discussed will be exhumations, identifications and rights of surviving family members of the missing.

RS Family Associations Visited ICMP

Representatives of the Republika Srpska (RS) Family Associations of missing persons learned first hand about DNA testing by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in the process of identification of exhumed mortal remains of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. ICMP invited 17 members of the RS Republican Organization and Republican Board of families of detained and killed soldiers and missing civilians to visit its Identification Coordination Division (ICD) in Tuzla on Friday.

ICMP’s Support to the Conference “How to Build New Prijedor?”

Representatives of associations of missing persons expressed satisfaction today to have the opportunity to initiative dialogue in communities with serious violations of human rights. More than 50 members of associations of missing persons participated at the conference in Prijedor aimed at models of confronting the past and building foundation for the future. The conference was organized by Association Izvor, with the support of International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

Malaysian Post-Graduate Students Visit ICMP

A group of post-graduate students of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of Malaysia (IDFR) on Wednesday visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facilities in Sarajevo and Tuzla. The students are pursuing Masters Program in Social Science at IDFR and came for an educational visit to ICMP from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Laos, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Yemen.
The post-graduate students visited the ICMP headquarters in Sarajevo where they were briefed on ICMP efforts to secure the co-operation of Governments and other authorities in locating and identifying missing persons.

French Ambassador Praised ICMP Work

In one of her first visits outside Sarajevo since taking over the position, the French Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Maryse Berniau, toured facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today. Ambassador Berniau praised the ten years achievements of ICMP in assisting BiH in the process of accounting the missing persons from the conflict.

The issue of persons missing from armed conflicts, abuses of human rights and other crimes against humanity is a global concern. ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of Governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, other hostilities or violations of human rights and to assist them in doing so.

Germany Continues to Support ICMP

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has received a 150,000 Euro contribution from the Government of Germany towards ICMP's work in the former Yugoslavia.ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of Governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, other hostilities or violations of human rights and to assist them in doing so.

Families to Mark International Day of the Disappeared

On the occasion of August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) would like to remind States of their obligation to address the problem of missing persons resulting from armed conflicts. Repairing the wounds of the past through truth and justice is a precondition for a peaceful future, not only for the individual relatives and victims, but also for the whole society.

Reparations for War Victims

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Union of Ex Camp Inmates of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed today in Sarajevo an agreement on support for a project on reparations, which includes organizing an international conference to discuss models of reparations for victims of torture and other war victims.The conference planned to take place from 15-17 September entitled “Transitional Justice: Reparations For War Victims – Models and Recommendations” should result in concrete recommendations to state institutions and other decision makers on possible types of reparations programs for war victims, including specific measures for rehabilitation of torture victims. The Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees started a process in 2006 to draft a new state level law on “Rights of torture and civilian war victims.”

High Representative Visited ICMP

During his visit to the identification facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla on Monday, the High Representative, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, said he was impressed with the work that has been done in the identification of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his first visit to ICMP's facilities, the High Representative toured the Identification Coordination Division (ICD) and the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP).ICMP uses science as tool to address one of the biggest human rights issues facing BiH today. ICMP has pioneered the use of DNA as primary tool in missing persons identification, demonstrating success on massive scale. To learn about ICMP's scientific methods, Christian Schwarz-Schilling toured the ICMP ICD, the center which stores, archives and matches all blood samples taken from relatives of missing persons and all bone samples taken from exhumed mortal remains.