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ICMP Marks the 7th Anniversary of Da’esh Invasion of Sinjar with Yazidi NGOs in The Hague

The Hague, 3 August 2021: The International Commission on Missing Persons hosted a day-long event at its headquarters in The Hague today to mark the 7th Anniversary of the Da’esh invasion of Sinjar. The events included a roundtable discussion on the process of locating missing Yazidis and securing their rights, and a commemoration event organized by the Yazidi Legal Network.

On 3 August, Da’esh invaded the Iraqi province of Sinjar, which resulted in the death of more than 5,000 men and the abduction of 7,000 people, mainly women and children. A significant number of those who were abducted are still missing. Speaking at the roundtable, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger emphasized that: “It is essential to continue with urgency the efforts of Iraqi national authorities, together with ICMP, to account for all those who are still missing in Iraq, including those who went missing as a result of the Yazidi Genocide…

MEDIA ADVISORY: EXHUMATION OF MASS GRAVES IN SINJAR AND KOJO

WHO: Martyr’s Foundation, Mass Graves Directorate, Medico Legal Directorate, UNITAD, ICMP, IOM, in coordination with the Yazidi community

WHAT: Exhumation of mass graves in Solagh and Kojo

WHEN: 24 October 2020, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Solagh, Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate

 

In August 2014 the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a deadly assault on Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate, overrunning Sinjar City and its surrounding areas. In Solagh subdistrict, ISIL militants committed mass killings of Yazidi women, and buried them in a mass grave. The remains from two such graves will be exhumed to then be matched, based on DNA sampling, with surviving family members. Authorities will return remains that are eventually identified to their families, giving them the opportunity to finally lay their loved ones to rest, appropriately and according to traditions.

The Iraqi Council of Ministers’ National Coordination Committee, along with the Mass Grave Directorate, Medico Legal Directorate, UNITAD, ICMP and IOM Iraq, invite you to cover…

Process of Asserting the Rule of Law Continues

ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek during his visit to BiH

Oslobodjenje daily newspaper published an article today by ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. “This crime, in its scale and systematic execution, challenged the rule of law not just in a small Bosnian town but far beyond,” Vollebaek wrote. “It is imperative that this anniversary does not pass simply with hand-wringing and expressions of sorrow.” He noted that the perpetrators had “acted as though the law had been neutered” but that while “the process of asserting – or re-asserting – the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been slow and incomplete, it has continued steadily for almost two decades. It is in the interest of civilized societies everywhere to understand what happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995 and why it happened. The law that was cast aside then is the same law from which we seek protection today.” The…

Truth and Justice Will Prevail

An article by ICMP Commissioner Wim Kok on the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide was published by the BiH news portal klix.ba today. Noting that “the right response to evil is to set a clear course out of the darkness,” Commissioner Kok reviews the steps that have been taken to bring those responsible for the genocide to justice. He concludes that “Each of the simple white headstones that stand in serried rows in the country cemetery outside Srebrenica has a name. Each of the victims has been identified. And with each identification a portion of the killers’ evil intent has been confounded – because one of the objects of the genocide was to erase any trace that these people had ever existed. The intent was to destroy existence and memory. Each identification refutes this.” The full text of Commissioner Kok’s article can be read here http://bit.ly/1Cr3iCZ

New Global Missing Persons Trends

Imigrant Crossing US Mexico Border

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Mediterranean Migration

The Mediterranean migration crisis continued to dominate headlines in June. A new structural aspect emerged amid reports of African migrants dying on the dangerous route across the Sahara, even before they reach the Mediterranean.

Euronews reported on 31 May  that thousands of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean were continuing to arrive in Italian ports, most, reportedly, from Eritrea, where alleged human rights abuses have sparked a refugee exodus. European authorities said that more than 5,000 migrants had been saved from boats in distress since 29 May, and operations were underway to rescue hundreds more. The Greek Reporter news portal reported on 31 May that the Greek coast guard rescued 237 migrants…

Global Missing Persons Trends

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest  brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Southeast Asia

Throughout the month of May, dramatic reports from Southeast Asia highlighted the plight of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar attempting to reach Malaysia and Indonesia. Tens of thousands have made the journey south, and large numbers have died en route, through drowning or at the hands of people traffickers often with the collusion of corrupt bureaucrats and police. Thousands of Bangladeshi migrants follow the route south and east in search of work. In 2014, the number of people leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat is estimated to have climbed to around 53,000. Some 920 migrants are known to have perished in the Bay of Bengal between September 2014 and…

Global Missing Persons Trends

© Amnesty Int.

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest   brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Mediterranean Migration

In April the European Union scrambled to produce a credible and humane response to a series of fatal incidents in the Mediterranean involving migrants seeking refuge from instability in the Middle East and parts of Africa. The EU had faced widespread criticism for what was perceived as its callous indifference to the migration crisis.

On 10 April the BBC reported  an announcement by Medecins Sans Frontieres that it planned to launch a search and rescue mission to save migrants trying to reach Europe by boat. The aid agency said it would operate a 40-meter ship, the MY Phoenix, from May to October. MSF rejected UK government claims that such services encourage…

Maintain Public and Political Focus on the Effort to Find Those Who Are Still Missing

ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger

 

Oslobodjenje, 21 March 2015

Interview

You recently met with Mr. Mladen Ivanic, after which the public statement noted that you shared the view that we need to find a solution and speed up the stalled process of tracing and identifying the missing. Is this one of your regular meetings with members of the Presidency, or is there a special reason?

I met with Chairman of the Presidency Ivanic on 24 February to brief him on the progress that has been made by Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries in the region in addressing the issue of missing persons. Mr. Ivanic has on many occasions and in different capacities helped the process of accounting for the missing and I wanted to ask for his continued support for an effective, transparent and non-discriminatory effort and alert the Presidency to some of the pressing issues currently affecting this effort.

It…

Global Missing Persons Trends

ICMP’s Daily World News Digest  (link to http://www.icmp.int/category/daily-digest/) brings together news stories dealing with enforced disappearances and missing persons cases from around the world. It offers a snapshot of daily events and over a longer period it highlights key trends.

Missing Persons in Asia

In March, a series of stories appeared dealing with the significant missing persons problem in Asia, as a result of migration in many instances and, in many other instances, as a result of governments circumventing judicial process in the name of public security.

The Eurasiareview reported on 1 March (http://bit.ly/1FMSxqV) that as many as 36 million people may be victims of trafficking worldwide, and two-thirds of this number may be from Asia. The article noted that profits from worldwide forced labor and sex trafficking may be as high as $150 billion annually. A report in the Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1FuDPY1) on 16 March added further…

Searching for the Missing is a Responsibility of Governments

Town Hall Meeting in Sarajevo

During the month of March, ICMP organized roundtables in Tuzla, Mostar, and Sarajevo to discuss ways of implementing recommendations in the BiH Stocktaking Report. The report, published by ICMP in December, describes two decades of efforts to account for the missing and examines specific issues affecting communities in every part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The roundtables brought together representatives of family associations and the authorities as well as academic and legal experts.

Key recommendations in the Stocktaking Report include:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina must remain vigilant in accounting for the remaining 8,000 persons missing from the conflict by ensuring that its institutions, including the Missing Persons Institute and the BIH Prosecutor’s Office remain strong and engaged;
  • Bosnia must fully implement the Law on Missing Persons, which provides for the Central Records on Missing Persons (CEN), as well as for a Fund benefiting the families of the missing;
  • Bosnia should explore new approaches to locating gravesites,…