On 7 July 2016, ICMP Chairman Thomas Miller and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening cooperation between the two organizations.
This is the latest in a series of agreements ICMP has reached with international organizations since its global mandate was established by Treaty in December 2014. In line with that mandate, ICMP is working with governments and other entities throughout the world to address the issue of missing persons, bringing its own expertise to bear in conjunction with the expertise of partner organizations.
Ms. Bensouda noted that ICC and ICMP “have a shared commitment to give a voice to the victims of mass atrocities” through their respective work. She said the MoU “marks an important step forward in the long-standing partnership between the ICC and ICMP.”
Ambassador Miller said “the MoU is underpinned by our common mandates of assisting victims of the most serious crimes and contributing to reinforcing the rule of law at national and international levels.” He noted that within their respective mandates, ICMP and the Court “operate from the premise that States have the primary responsibility to account for missing persons and to prosecute the most serious crimes under international law.”
ICMP works with governments, civil society organizations, judicial institutions, international organizations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, organized crime, forced migration, manmade and natural disasters and other causes.
The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for perpetrators of the most serious crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
The signing ceremony took place at the ICC headquarters in The Hague and was attended by ICMP Commissioners Her Majesty Queen Noor, former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok; former Norwegian Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek, and UK Minister of State for Care and Support Alistair Burt, as well as ICMP Director-General, Kathryne Bomberger.