A successful combination of civil society engagement, institutional development and scientific innovation has made it possible to account for more than 70 percent of the missing from the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said at the December launch of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Missing Persons from the Armed Conflict of the 1990s: A Stocktaking.
“As many as 23,000 missing persons out of an estimated 30,000 reported missing as a consequence of the war have been accounted for,” she said. “No other country in the world has resolved such a large number of missing persons cases.”
The book-length ICMP report brings together in a single, detailed and systematic narrative all of the available information on missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, providing documentary information on the search for the missing in every part of the country.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina must remain vigilant in accounting for the remaining 8,000 persons missing from the conflict by ensuring that its institutions, including the Missing Persons Institute and the BIH Prosecutor’s Office remain strong and engaged,” Ms. Bomberger said, adding that “Bosnia must fully implement the Law on Missing Persons, which provides for the Central Records on Missing Persons, as well as for a Fund benefiting the families of the missing.”
She announced that ICMP will organize a series of meetings in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka, Mostar, and Brcko in February and March that will bring together representatives of families of the missing, government authorities, academics, journalists and other stakeholders to consider next steps in the search for the missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The Stocktaking Report eliminates misconceptions and presents facts in an accessible way, and it also offers recommendations on what must now be done – and we believe this can serve as an invaluable platform for an important strategic debate on the issue of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” she said.
Ms Bomberger was joined at the presentation by UK Ambassador Edward Ferguson, Swiss Ambassador Heinrich Maurer, BiH Chief Prosecutor Goran Salihovic, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BiH Missing Persons Institute Amor Masovic, and by representatives of Family Associations and the Missing.
Missing Persons from the Armed Conflict of the 1990s: A Stocktaking, can be accessed at: