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Online Discussion to Highlight Roles and Challenges of Colombian Civil Society Working on Missing Persons

Bogota, 13 October 2020 –The roles of and challenges faced by Colombian civil society organizations working on the issue of missing persons will be the focus of an online discussion hosted today by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ).

The event, to be held in Spanish, will be streamed live on ICMP’s Spanish Facebook page starting at 2 p.m. Colombian time (19:00GMT). The discussion will be based on a recent ICMP report that maps data on the work of civil society organizations, including family associations and other networks, involved in the efforts to account for the more than 120,000 persons who are estimated missing from Colombia’s more than 50 years of conflict.

The publication, the first of its kind in Colombia, highlights the central role played by civil society in ensuring that the state fulfils its obligation to investigate all missing…

Video: A Virtual Visit to ICMP HQ

The Hague, 6 October 2020 – A video recording of an open house held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) offers viewers insights into the organization’s work at its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

The open house event, held 1 October 2020, was a part of Just Peace Month, an initiative by the city of the Hague to highlight the many organizations related to justice and peace that are based in the city.

The two-hour event features an introduction by Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, a webinar on ICMP’s support to families of the missing, and a virtual tour of the laboratory where ICMP scientists extract and analyze DNA.

ICMP works with governments to help them account for missing persons, including by offering support in advanced DNA analysis to identify human remains, and it works with families of the missing to help them access their rights to truth, justice and reparations….

Visit ICMP virtually on 1 October!

29 September 2020: On Thursday 1 October, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is inviting online visitors to a virtual open house that offers insights into the organization’s work at its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

The virtual visit includes an introduction by Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, an interactive webinar on ICMP’s support to families of the missing, and a virtual tour of the laboratory where ICMP scientists extract and analyze DNA.

The event is part of Just Peace Month, an initiative by the city of the Hague to highlight the many organizations related to justice and peace that are based in the city.

ICMP works with governments to help them account for missing persons, including by offering support in advanced DNA analysis to identify human remains, and it works with families of the missing to help them access their rights to truth, justice and reparations. In the former Yugoslavia, the…

ICMP Online Exhibit Showcases Material Created by Syrian Civil Society Organizations to Advocate for the Rights of Families of the Missing

An image from an advocacy film created by Syria Bright Future that is part of the exhibit. Photo: Syria Bright Future

By Yasmine Khalaf

11 September 2020 – An online exhibit featuring films, brochures and other material created by Syrian civil society organizations underlines the legal rights of families of the missing.

The 11 organizations created the materials using grants provided by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and financed by the European Union with the purpose of advancing the influence and independence of Civil Society in efforts to secure the rights of Syrian families with missing relatives. They use the material in their advocacy efforts, including to raise awareness among families of missing Syrians about their rights and their role in the search for the missing.

“The more vocal we are about the issue, the more others understand our suffering,” said Hala Al Ghawi, a physician who co-founded the organization Syria Bright Future, which created film about its work as part of the project. “Truth and justice will only be…

From Bosnian Families of the Missing to Syrian Families of the Missing: Don’t Give Up on Demanding your Rights!

 

25 August 2020: In an online exchange organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons, families of the missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Syria shared experiences of their fights for justice and effective investigations into the whereabouts of their missing loved ones and the circumstances of their disappearances. Families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the ICMP has helped identify more than 70 percent of the 30,000 who went missing in the 1990s war, urged their Syrian counterparts to persevere in securing rights and underlined the importance of a secure central record that collects all information on all missing persons. ICMP presents a short film titled Journey in Pursuit of Truth and Freedom documenting the exchange as part of activities to commemorate the 2020 International Day of the Disappeared.

Her Majesty Queen Noor Message on Srebrenica Genocide 25th Anniversary

 

Dearest sisters and brothers, today we remember with love and respect the lives of Srebrenica’s beloved fathers, brothers, sons, those who will never be forgotten. Your loss 25 years ago is our loss, the world’s great loss, a crime against humanity beyond imagining.

I arrived not long after to meet and mourn with the mothers of Srebrenica, wives, sister and daughters of the disappeared. It was only then that I could begin to understand the magnitude of your horrendous loss. Over the past twenty years working with the International Commission on Missing Persons I’ve been privileged to witness, love and admire my sisters of Srebrenica. For your courage, dedication, compassion and steadfastness in the face of immense pressures. In our work with you and others to ensure that the victims of Srebrenica are found and identified, together…

HAPJA E THIRRJES PËR PROPOZIME PËR GRANTE TË VOGLA TË ICMP PËR SHOQATAT E FAMILJEVE TË PERSONAVE TË ZHDUKUR/ORGANIZATAT E SHOQËRISË CIVILE, SHQIPËRI (2020-2021)

DATA E NISJES: 10 – KORRIK – 20

DATA E MBYLLJES: 31- GUSHT – 20

I. KOMISIONI NDËEKOMBËTAR PËR PERSONAT E ZHDUKUR (ICMP) PROGRAMI I GRANTEVE TË VOGLA

 

Komisioni Ndërkombëtar për Personat e Zhdukur (ICMP) fton shoqatat ose organizatat e familjeve të personave të zhdukur dhe organizatat e shoqërisë civile të paraqesin një kërkesë/aplikim për Programin Grantet e Vogla të ICMP për Shoqatat Familjare të Personave të Zhdukur/Organizata të Shoqërisë Civile, Shqipëri 2020-2021.

ICMP është një organizatë ndërkombëtare e pavarur, e bazuar në marrveshje ndërkombëtare, me më shumë se 20 vjet përvojë në 40 vende. Eshtë e vetmja organizatë ndërkombëtare që ka si detyrë ekskluzive të punojë për çështjen e personave të zhdukur. ICMP ndihmon qeveritë të ndërtojnë institucione të sundimit të ligjit që kërkojnë me sukses dhe paanshmëri personat e zhdukur, dhe mbështet përpjekjet për t’iu bërë të mundur familjeve të të zhdukurve të mbrojnë të drejtat e tyre.

II. RRETH PROGRAMIT TE…

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ICMP´S SMALL GRANTS FOR THE ASSOCIATIONS OF FAMILIES OF MISSING PERSONS (FAS)/ CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS”, ALBANIA (2020-2021)

ISSUE DATE: 10-Jul-20

CLOSING DATE: 31-Aug-20

I. INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON MISSING PERSONS (ICMP) SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) invites associations or organizations of families of missing persons and civil society organizations to submit an application for its Small Grants for the Associations of Families of Missing Persons (FAs)/Civil Society Organization’s, Albania 2020-2021”.

ICMP is an independent, treaty-based international organization with more than 20 years of experience in 40 countries. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It helps governments build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons, and it supports efforts to enable families of the missing to assert their rights.

II. ABOUT ICMP PROGRAM IN ALBANIA

As part of its EU-funded program on missing persons in Albania, in 2017-2020 ICMP has begun collecting ante-mortem data and family reference samples from families whose relatives are believed…

Photography artists contemplate notion of missing and absence in collaboration with ICMP

By Saša Kulukčija

The Hague, 15 May 2020: Artists play a crucial role in society by casting light on difficult topics, such as that of missing persons, Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons, said during the May 15, 2020, online launch of a virtual publication that collect the works of 13 photography students from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

The works, collectively titled Parts Unknown, were created in collaboration with ICMP and Creative Court, a Hague-based organization that works at the interface of art and global justice. Under their guidance, the students visited the ICMP headquarters, including its DNA laboratory that analyses samples from missing persons and family members, and held discussions with ICMP experts to inspire the development of their concepts. They then created individual pieces of art that revolve around the notion of missing and absence: What happens when someone never comes…

ICMP briefs international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on efforts to account for the missing ahead of 25th commemoration of Srebrenica

By Saša Kulukčija

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20 May 2020: Efforts to secure the rights of Srebrenica families of the missing to justice through court-led investigations and DNA-based identifications of the victims were highlighted today during a briefing for the representatives of international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) with the participation of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) ahead of the 25th annual commemoration of the mass killing.

For more than two decades, ICMP has led efforts to account for those who went missing during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia and to uphold the rights of families of the missing, regardless of national, ethnic or religious affiliation, or role in the conflicts. It has helped identify almost 90 percent of the 8,000 men and boys who went missing as a consequence of the Srebrenica…