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(ALBANIAN) ICMP dhuron pajisje esenciale për të forcuar Agjencinë Forenzike të Kosovës

Prishtinë 11 tetor 2023: Në një lëvizje të rëndësishme që ka për qëllim forcimin e kapaciteteve lokale në testimin e ADN-së lidhur me personat e zhdukur, Komisioni Ndërkombëtar për Personat e Zhdukur (ICMP), i mbështetur nga Agjencia Suedeze e Bashkëpunimit për Zhvillim Ndërkombëtar (SIDA) dhe Ministria Italiane e Punëve të Jashtme, ka dhuruar pajisje thelbësore për Agjencinë Forenzike të Kosovës (AFK)

Kjo nismë është pjesë e një projekti më të gjerë për të ndihmuar në llogaridhënjen e personave të zhdukur nga konflikti i Kosovës. Sipas këtij projekti, ICMP lehtësoi një vlerësim gjithëpërfshirës të kapaciteteve të ADN-së të Agjencinë Forenzike të Kosovës (AFK), duke u mbështetur në bashkëpunimin dhe trajnimin e mëparshëm të ekspertëve të AFK-së në selinë e ICMP-së në Hagë. Pas vlerësimit, ICMP dhe AFK punuan së bashku për të përcaktuar pajisjet e nevojshme për të zgjeruar kapacitetet e AFK-së. Procedurat e prokurimit u finalizuan në korrik 2023, duke…

ICMP Donates Essential Equipment to Strengthen Kosovo’s Forensic Capabilities

Pristina 11 October 2023: In a significant move aimed at bolstering local capacities in the DNA testing related to missing persons, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has donated essential equipment to the  Kosovo Forensic Agency (KFA).

This initiative is part of a broader project to assist in accounting for missing persons from the Kosovo conflict. Under this project, ICMP facilitated a comprehensive assessment of the DNA capacities of the Kosovo Forensic Agency (KFA), building on previous cooperation and training of KFA experts at ICMP’s headquarters in The Hague. Following the assessment, ICMP and the KFA worked together to determine the equipment needed to expand the KFA’s capacities. Procurement procedures were finalized in July 2023, leading to the purchase of equipment, which was formally donated to the KFA today.

Samira Krehic, Deputy Head of…

ICMP and EU donate a Customized Missing Persons Software to the Missing Persons Institute in BiH

Sarajevo, 9 October 2023: In a significant step towards strengthening the process of locating and identifying missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Delegation of European Union to BIH and Embassy of Sweden to BIH have donated essential equipment to the Missing Persons Institute of BiH as part of its continued support to the Institute and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). This donation reflects the EU commitment to supporting the Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ICMP in its efforts to locate and investigate the disappearance of missing persons from the conflicts of the 1990s in line with the rule of law.

Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH Ambassador Johann Sattler visited the BiH Missing Persons Institute today to officially hand over the Integrated Data Management System (iDMS), a cutting-edge software solution developed by the ICMP in close cooperation with the Missing Persons Institute…

Robust, Active Engagement of Families is Key to Finding Missing Persons and Upholding the Rule of Law

The Hague 5 October 2023 – Visiting the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in The Hague today, members of the Advisory Board of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Missing Persons Institute (MPI) emphasized the importance of regional cooperation, full implementation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Law on Missing Persons, and continued support for the work of the MPI.

The Law on Missing Persons, created in 2004, stipulates the creation of a verified BiH Central Record of Missing Persons and the establishment of a BiH Fund for Families of the Missing. The fund, which is to provide financial support to families of the missing, regardless of national or religious affiliation or circumstances of disappearance, has not yet been established.

The Chairman of the MPI Advisory Board Ante Maric called on BiH government institutions to work together. “Approximately 7,000 families are still waiting for information about their missing loved ones,’…

ICMP Works with Ukraine’s National Police To Enhance Data Management Relevant to Missing Persons Investigations

The Hague, 5 October 2023 – The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has delivered a week-long data management training program at its Headquarters in The Hague to representatives of the Main Investigation Department (MID) of the National Police of Ukraine (NPU).

The intensive course focused on how to maintain proper chain of custody when locating and investigating large-scale missing persons cases, and focused on the effective use of ICMP’s Integrated Data Management System (iDMS).

Speaking to participants, ICMP’s Europe Program Director Matthew Holliday emphasized that, “Ukraine is facing an enormous challenge to scale-up investigations to find tens of thousands of missing persons from the on-going conflict.”  He added that the course will enable NPU experts to use the iDMS in a way that allows them to work confidently with Ukraine’s missing persons database.

Igor Kalantay, Head of the MID’s Department of Investigation of Crimes Committed in the Armed Conflict, stressed the…

ICMP Recognizes Orange Shirt Day, the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation and All Those Who Did Not Return Home from Canada’s Residential Schools

The Hague, 29 September 2023: As Canada marks the 10th anniversary of Orange Shirt Day and the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) reaffirms its commitment to Residential School Survivors and Indigenous communities in achieving justice and accountability for the missing children and unmarked burials associated with Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system.

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said, “ICMP recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The ICMP Canada Program, like ICMP’s programs throughout the world, is focused on advancing truth, justice, and accountability. ICMP acknowledges the government of Canada’s efforts to address past injustices and urges the state to make reparations under its international human rights obligations.” Ms Bomberger continued: “To do this, we are actively reaching out to and listening to the experiences and the wishes of Survivors, Leadership, and Indigenous communities. We will be guided by their experience, and we…

New Book on Missing Persons in Ukraine Presented at ICMP Panel Discussion in The Hague

The Hague, 15 September 2023: The Ukrainian government’s commitment to efforts to fulfill its obligations to families of the missing should be recognized and applauded, the Chairperson of the International Commission on Missing Person (ICMP), Knut Vollebaek, said on Thursday.

Ambassador Vollebaek was speaking at a panel discussion organized at ICMP’s Headquarters in The Hague to present A Country of Missing People: Securing Justice and Truth for Families of the Missing in Ukraine, a newly-published book which describes in detail the scale of the missing persons challenge facing Ukraine, and the steps that can be taken to meet this challenge.

“The authorities are endeavoring to establish an effective missing persons process even as the country fights a war for its very survival,” Ambassador Vollebaek said. “This is not a contradiction. The authorities fully understand the legal, social and political consequences of a situation in which tens of thousands of their citizens…

Luxembourg Continues Support ICMP To Address the Global Challenge of Missing and Disappeared Persons

The Hague, 12 September 2023 – The government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has made a new financial donation to support efforts by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to help account for missing and disappeared persons. The donation will be used to fund vital operations at ICMP’s headquarters in The Hague and around the world.

“It is thanks to the goodwill and targeted support of long-standing partners such as Luxembourg that ICMP has been able to develop its advanced technical assistance capabilities and implement a growing number of country programs around the world,” ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today. “We are grateful for the indispensable and longstanding support provided by Luxembourg, one of the five original signatory countries to the Agreement establishing ICMP as a treaty-based international organization.”

“As an International focal point on the issue of missing persons, ICMP works from its Headquarters in The Hague across a…

ICMP & Ukrainian Authorities Sign Protocol on Data Collection and Cooperation

Kyiv, 31 August 2023: On the International Day of the Disappeared, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) signed a Protocol that will enable the Main Investigative Department of the NPU to use the Integrated Data Management System (iDMS) developed by ICMP to process data to locate, reunify and identify people who have gone missing as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The signing of the Protocol marks the beginning of ICMP’s campaign to collect data from Ukrainian families residing outside of the country who have missing relatives from the ongoing war.

Under the Protocol, signed by ICMP Europe Director and Head of the Ukraine Program Matthew Holliday and Deputy Chairman of the National Police of Ukraine Maksym Tsutskiridze, the NPU will be able to access DNA profiles provided by relatives of missing persons and stored in the iDMS, as…

ICMP Marks International Day of the Disappeared

The Hague, 30 August 2023: – Throughout the world, authorities are bound by laws and agreements, such as the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to fulfill obligations towards families of the missing, including families of missing refugees and migrants. Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Director-General Kathryne Bomberger emphasized the responsibility of states: “Governments must secure the rights of victims and their families, regardless of their nationality, religion, or gender, or the circumstances of their disappearance.” They can fulfil this commitment “through coordinated action, including pooling resources, and through a strategy based on upholding the rule of law.” Failure by governments to account for missing persons is “a fundamental and corrosive violation of domestic and international law,” Ms Bomberger added.

ICMP Chairperson Knut Vollebaek noted today that “in the last 25 years the capacity to locate and…