By Saša Kulukčija
Sarajevo, 1 April 2020: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has donated personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist in combating the spread of Covid-19 disease in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ICMP donated 500 disposable aprons, 1,000 protective suits and 3,000 disposable gloves to the Ministry of Security, which will use the material to keep its staff safe as they implement measures to limit the spread of the virus. The IOM BIH plans to use the 200 protective suits donated by ICMP to adhere to the health and safety instructions aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic when working in migrant centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We hope this modest donation from our stocks will help the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and those working with the vulnerable migrant population stem the spread of the virus,” said Matthew Holliday, Head of ICMP’s Western Balkans Program. “Despite the pandemic, ICMP continues to assist the BiH authorities in fulfilling their responsibility to investigate cases of missing persons, and ensuring that the rights of families to truth, justice and reparation are upheld.”
Staff in the ICMP Western Balkans Program, as well as in programs around the world and the organization’s Headquarters in The Netherlands, are mostly working from home to help contain the virus in line with instructions from local health authorities.
ICMP is a treaty-based international organization with Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes and to assist them in doing so. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons.