7 July 2016: Today, at the conclusion of a visit by the Commissioners of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms Fatou Bensouda, and ICMP Chairman Thomas Miller signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation.
Ambassador Miller was accompanied 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. The meeting took place at the Seat of the Court in The Hague.
“We have a shared commitment to give a voice to the victims of mass atrocities through our respective work and this MoU marks an important step forward in the long-standing partnership between the ICC and ICMP,” said Prosecutor Bensouda. “This agreement is essential in strengthening the on-going cooperation between my Office and ICMP within our respective mandates”, she added. “We look forward to working closely with ICMP.”
ICMP Chair, Ambassador Miller stressed that “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. 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 looks forward to a joint collaboration that will benefit victims, affected communities and domestic jurisdictions.”
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 the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.