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Former FARC guerrillas search for missing persons

By Mariana Lersundy
 
Bogota, Colombia, 15 May 2020: As members of FARC guerillas, they were involved in Colombia’s civil war. Now, as members of the FARC Commission for the Search of Disappeared Persons, they contribute to peace by supporting the country’s work to account for the large number of people who are missing as a consequence of more than five decades of conflict.

The commission, a civil society organization created in the framework of the 2016 Peace Accords, focuses on documenting and collecting information regarding missing persons. Earlier this year, members of the commission took part in training at the ICMP Bogota office, learning how to strengthen their organization and how to use a special, ICMP-developed software that can manage and analyze data on missing persons and those who are searching for them. Commission members also have taken part in other ICMP workshops and training on data issues….

Online Policy Discussion on Syrian Missing Persons Looks at Options for Future Process

Photo: Families for Freedom

30 April 2020 – How a future, post-conflict Syria could handle the challenge posed by large number of Syrians who are missing is the focus of a series of online policy discussions on the Syrian situation organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

The second segment of the weekly series, held 29 April 2020, focused on missing persons institutions and legislation. The online series forms part of a set of Roundtable discussions hosted by ICMP to bring Syrian civil society organizations and associations of families of the missing together to support them in a process of devising common strategies on the issue of detained and missing persons. International experts and others involved in similar processes elsewhere are also part of the discussions.

Three Roundtables have been held: one in May 2019 in The Hague, one in October and November in Istanbul and one in February 2020 in The Hague. A…

ICMP donates protective equipment to help combat Covid-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The ICMP has donated personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Security of BIH and the IOM

By Saša Kulukčija

Sarajevo, 1 April 2020: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has donated personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist in combating the spread of Covid-19 disease in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

ICMP donated 500 disposable aprons, 1,000 protective suits and 3,000 disposable gloves to the Ministry of Security, which will use the material to keep its staff safe as they implement measures to limit the spread of the virus. The IOM BIH plans to use the 200 protective suits donated by ICMP to adhere to the health and safety instructions aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic when working in migrant centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“We hope this modest donation from our stocks will help the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and those working with the vulnerable migrant population stem the spread of the virus,”…

Children in southwestern Colombia whose family members are missing learn about human rights through art and play 

By Mariana Lersundy

Bogota, 30 March 2020: It was children’s play with a purpose. Guided by the Colombian non-governmental organization Association for the Integral Development of Victim, 40 children whose family members are missing used art and play to learn about a pre-colonial chieftain, human rights and disappearances. 

The project was supported by the International Commission on Missing Persons through its small grants program. In Colombia, ICMP has provided 20 civil society organizations with grants worth more than a total of 300,000 US dollars to facilitate the search, location and identification processes, and to support families with missing family members. 

For the children and youth taking part in the project in Pasto, southwestern Colombia, family life often revolves around the search for missing family members. The project brought them together to play, share experiences and learn. Organizers chose to focus…

Support for female leadership and engagement focus of ICMP DG’s 2020 International Gender Champion Commitments

The Hague, 9 March 2020 – ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger has committed to ensuring that all ICMP global programs will promote female leadership and engagement. This effort, part of her 2020 International Gender Champion commitments, aims to support women whose relatives have gone missing, so that they can become strong human rights advocates and work to secure their rights.

“As an International Gender Champion, I will strive to reduce the plight of women survivors of atrocities.  Silence has long surrounded the issue of missing persons, likely because those left behind tend to be women and children, while most of those who go missing from war, human rights abuses, organized crime and irregular migration are men,” she said.

“Many women don’t report missing person cases out of fear of reprisals, and many may not be aware of their rights, including the right to a proper investigation.”

She noted that ICMP raises global…

Building Skills: Syrian Stakeholders Learn About Missing Persons Process

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The Hague, 6 March 2020: Representatives of civil society organizations involved in Syria learned about the missing persons process in a learning and development program organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through its newly launched ICMP Wim Kok Center of Excellence and Learning.

The new learning program uses a simulation exercise to teach scientists, judges, prosecutors, academics, families of the missing and civil society organizations about the process of locating and identifying missing persons, from reporting a missing person to locating a missing person.  The program also helps “first responders” learn about the importance of documenting the location of irregular gravesites.

Participants in the 27 February simulation exercise learned about each aspect of the missing persons process and the need for securing and centralizing relevant data so that missing persons can be found. The simulation underlined the importance of an integrated system that collects and shares relevant information.

First,…

FTESË E HAPUR PËR PROPOZIME PËR GRANTE TË VOGLA TË ICMP PËR SHOQATAT E FAMILJEVE TË PERSONAVE TË ZHDUKUR (FAS)

DATA E LËSHIMIT: 27 DHJETOR 2019

DATA E MBYLLJES: 14 SHKURT 2020

I. PROGRAMI PËR GRANTE TË VOGLA I KOMISIONIT NDËRKOMBËTAR PËR PERSONAT E ZHDUKUR (ICMP)

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 për “Grantet e Vogla të saj për Shoqatat e Familjeve të Personave të Zhdukur (FA)”, në Ballkanin Perëndimor për periudhën 2020-2021″.

ICMP është një organizatë ndërkombëtare e pavarur, e bazuar në traktate, me më shumë se 20 vjet përvojë në 40 vende. Ajo është e vetmja organizatë ndërkombëtare që ka si detyrë ekskluzivisht të punojë për çështjen e personave të zhdukur. Ajo i ndihmon qeveritë të ndërtojnë institucione të sundimit të ligjit dhe që të kërkojnë me sukses dhe paanshmëri dhe të identifikojnë personat e zhdukur, si dhe mbështet përpjekjet për t’u bërë të mundur familjeve të zhdukur të kërkojnë…

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR ICMP´S SMALL GRANTS FOR THE ASSOCIATIONS OF FAMILIES OF MISSING PERSONS (FAS)”, WESTERN BALKANS (2020-2021)

ISSUE DATE: 27-Dec-19

CLOSING DATE: 14-Feb-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)”, Western Balkans 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 THE WESTERN BALKANS

In the Western Balkans ICMP has supported regional cooperation in the search for the missing; it has worked effectively to foster the development and cooperation of civil…

Innovative efforts to find the missing: the joint work of ICMP, the prosecutors and MPI

Sarajevo May 2019: The process of accounting for missing persons from the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina has resulted in the identification of more than 23,000 of the approximately 30,000 missing persons. Of this number, around 8,000 were identified by traditional methods of presumptive identification, and more than 15,000 were identified based on DNA analysis. However, approximately 3,000 cases of human remains that have been exhumed from gravesites over the years remain unidentified, or NN (nomen nescio/no name).

In 2013, the BIH Chief Prosecutor ordered a review of the NN cases in permanent and temporary mortuary facilities in BIH, in order to establish the scope of the problem and the potential reasons for the inability to match the DNA profiles from NN cases to any of the genetic references that ICMP has collected from relatives of missing persons. To undertake this task, the Office of the Chief Prosecutor assembled NN…

ICMP Welcomes Visitors During Hague International Open Day

The Hague, 23 September 2018 – The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomed visitors today at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, as part of the Hague International Open Day.

Director of Policy and Cooperation Andreas Kleiser, Director of Science and Technology Thomas Parsons, and Director of Data Systems and Coordination Adnan Rizvic briefed visitors on the development of ICMP’s international role since it was founded in 1996, and in particular since 2015 when it became a treaty-based organization and since 2016 when it moved its headquarters to The Hague.

The ICMP Agreement, signed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg in December 2014, mandates ICMP to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, human rights abuses, natural and man-made disasters and other involuntary reasons and to assist them in doing so. ICMP supports the…