Ensuring the Rights of Women Survivors To Justice, Truth and Reparations

Erbil, 25 November 2022 – Accounting for missing persons and victims of enforced disappearance “is an integral part of the effort to end violence against women,” Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), said today during a panel discussion facilitated by ICMP in Erbil. The discussion, held on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, brought together women survivors of missing persons, women-led households, women in leadership positions with the Iraqi authorities and women civil society activists.

“The gender aspect of disappearances must not be ignored,” Ms Bomberger said, and she highlighted challenges faced by women survivors and women-led households in Iraq when they attempt to claim their rights and access basic services.

“The state is obliged to conduct effective investigations into all missing persons – and the authorities in Iraq have made progress in fulfilling their obligations under national…

Підзвітність щодо зниклих безвісти є частиною глобальних зусиль з припинення насильства щодо жінок

Гаага, 25 листопада 2022 р.: Підзвітність щодо зниклих безвісти, у тому числі жертв насильницьких зникнень, є невід’ємною частиною глобальних зусиль із припинення насильства щодо жінок і захисту прав людини і основоположних свобод, сказала Кетрін Бомбергер, Генеральна директорка Міжнародної комісії з питань зниклих безвісти (МКЗБ) сьогодні. Пані Бомбергер зробила заяву з нагоди Міжнародного дня боротьби за ліквідацію насильства щодо жінок, який знаменує початок «16 днів активізму проти гендерно обумовленого насильства», глобальної кампанії ООН, яка триває до Дня прав людини 10 грудня.

«Під час конфлікту більшість тих, хто зникає безвісти, — чоловіки, а це означає, що жінки, які вижили, змушені вирішувати юридичні, соціальні та політичні проблеми, часто стикаючись з глибоко вкоріненими упередженнями», — сказала пані Бомбергер. «У той же час жінки стають особливими мішенями торговців людьми та зазнають дискримінації в інших контекстах проблеми зниклих безвісти: наприклад, на Заході зникнення чорних жінок, жінок із спільнот мігрантів, жінок з меншин і корінних громад часто…

Accounting for Missing Persons Is Part Of the Global Effort to End Violence against Women

The Hague, 25 November 2022: Accounting for missing persons, including victims of enforced disappearance is an integral part of the global effort to end violence against women and uphold fundamental human rights, the Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Kathryne Bomberger, said today. Ms Bomberger was speaking on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which marks the start of “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence”, a UN-mandated global campaign that leads up to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

“In conflict, most of those who go missing are men, which means that women survivors have to address legal, social, and political challenges, often in the face of deeply-entrenched prejudice,” Ms Bomberger said. “At the same time, women are specifically targeted by people-traffickers, and experience discrimination in other missing persons contexts: for example, in the West, disappearances of women of color, women…

EU Supports ICMP Training Program for Ukrainian Scientists in Applying DNA to Identify Thousands of Missing Persons from the War

The Hague, The Netherlands – With the financial support of the European Union’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, experts from the Ukrainian State Scientific Research Forensic Center (SSRFC) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs National Police (NP) completed a one-week training program on November 11, in the application of a DNA-led identification process, at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Headquarters in The Hague.

ICMP is helping Ukraine to develop a large-scale, DNA-led identification process that delivers scientific surety, and through proper chain of custody, links the identity of missing persons to crime scenes, ensuring a high standard of investigations in the thousands of missing persons cases that Ukraine is confronting.

ICMP’s state-of-the-art Human Identification (HID) laboratory is located at its Headquarters in The Hague and has a highly developed capacity to obtain DNA profiles from very difficult cases of unidentified human remains. ICMP has conducted the world’s largest…

ICMP expresses condolences on the death of Ramiz Nukić

The Hague, 8 November 2022: The Commissioners and staff of the International Commission on Missing Persons express their condolences on the death of Ramiz Nukić who, for more than 20 years, devoted his life to the search for genocide victims in the forests around Srebrenica.

“Ramiz was a very special person. He responded to the crime that was perpetrated against his family by embarking on an unrelenting search for the remains of Srebrenica genocide victims,” ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today. “His life and work have been an inspiration to everyone who is engaged in the search for, and identification of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond.”

Ramiz’s father and brothers were killed in the July 1995 Genocide; their remains were found in the Zvornik area in 2015 and after identification buried at the Memorial Center in Potočari.

ICMP’s Online Inquiry Center Enhances Efforts To Account for Missing Persons in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 9 November 2022: The Office of the Prosecutor General in Nuevo Leon (FGJNL) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched a major new initiative today that can significantly enhance efforts to account for persons who have gone missing.

Working with the FGJNL, ICMP has customized its Spanish-language Online Inquiry Center (OIC) for the state of Nuevo Leon, making it fully accessible for families of missing persons and others, allowing users to report missing persons cases, follow the progress of individual investigations, and add information about cases as it becomes available.

Today’s launch is one of the results of a program undertaken between 1 January 2019 and 31 July 2022, implemented by ICMP and Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC) in cooperation with the FGJNL. The program was generously supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Efforts to account for missing persons in…

Germany Supports Efforts to Find Missing and Disappeared Persons from the War in Ukraine

The Hague, 4 November 2022: Following a significant donation from Germany, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will further strengthen its partnership with Ukraine, to direct highly advanced operational capacities at Ukraine’s institutions that are responsible for accounting for thousands of missing persons. The award of roughly 2.5 million Euros annually over three years, and the secondment of personnel from the German Federal Police (BKA) to ICMP, will have a major impact on efforts to locate and identify all victims from the on-going war.

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, escalating an armed conflict that began in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatists took control of eastern parts of Ukraine. In early April 2022, mass graves were discovered in Bucha, Irpin, and Makarivka, and in in September 2022 in Izyum and Lyman. As territory is de-occupied, more mass graves are expected to be found.

“Ukraine has well…

Western Balkans Governments Launch Unique Public Database of Missing Persons Cases

The Hague, 3 November 2022: As part of the Berlin Process, today in The Hague the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Missing Persons Group (MPG), which comprises domestic institutions responsible for missing persons issues, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, launched a Regional Database of active missing persons cases from conflicts on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

The creation of this unique, interactive database means that up-to-date records are now publicly available at all times, and it enables families of the missing and others to review existing records and provide online feedback to domestic institutions.

“The creation of this public database is a striking example of regional cooperation: it reflects a commitment to providing factual information and de-politicizing the issue of missing persons,” ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today.  “The Regional Database will serve as a model for countries in every part of…

US Ambassador to BIH Visits Project for Identifying Srebrenica Genocide Victims

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 26 October 2022: The meticulous process of identifying victims of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the focus of a visit today by United States ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Michael John Murphy to see the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

At the Podrinje Identification Project, a facility established to assist with the identification of Srebrenica genocide victims, Ambassador Murphy, who was accompanied by the Deputy Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program, Samira Krehic, observed work by ICMP staff to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in identifying persons missing from the conflict. The Podrinje Identification Project was established by ICMP in Tuzla in 1999 to ensure a dedicated process to identify the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide.

Using DNA-based identification methods, ICMP has assisted Bosnia and Herzegovina in the identification of the 75 percent of the 30,000 persons reported missing as a consequence…

ICMP supports Ukraine in locating and identifying missing persons from the war

Kharkiv, Ukraine, 7 October 2022 – Following a meeting with Deputy Interior Minister Meri Akopyan on 28 September, a team from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) deployed together with the national police to Eastern Ukraine this week to learn more about the challenges to locate and identify missing persons from the on-going war.

The visit will help enhance a strategy to assist Ukraine in locating over 15,000 persons missing since the war began to judicial standards of evidence that will make it possible to hold perpetrators of atrocities to account in both international and domestic courts and provide the public with factual and credible information regarding disappeared persons and related crimes.

The ICMP team visited the regional Bureau of Forensic Expertise in Kharkiv and the Scientific and Research Expert and Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs which are responsible for investigating missing persons cases, including identifying victims…