BIH Missing Persons Institute Must Be Strengthened and Supported

Mostar, 12 February 2015:  The BiH Missing Persons Institute (MPI) is producing remarkable results, Sanja Mulać of the MPI said today at a Town Hall meeting organized by ICMP in Mostar.

“I want to stress that despite the MPI’s limitations, a majority of persons that were registered as missing in Herzegovina at the end of the conflict have been found and identified and we remain committed and we are continuing to work on this process,” Ms Mulać said, adding that “This can be seen by the extraordinary results made during the process of revision of post-mortem remains from Sutina mortuary.”

The meeting brought together representatives of associations of families of missing persons, the MPI, the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, and the BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees to discuss what has been done to resolve missing persons issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina so far, and what has to be done in the future.

“It is clear that if MPI is strengthened, then investigators will be more efficient and families will be more satisfied,” said Safija Hrinić, president of the Prozor Association of Families of Missing Persons.

ICMP began the meeting by presenting BiH, Missing Persons from the Armed Conflicts of the 1990s: A Stocktaking, a book-length report which describes two decades of efforts to account for the missing and examines specific issues in Lower Podrinje, Upper Podrinje, Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Posavina, Central Bosnia, Northeast Bosnia and Western Bosnia.

Another Town Hall meeting to discuss further steps in accounting for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held on 17 February at Hotel Bosna in Banja Luka.