Czech Republic Continues Support to ICMP

The Government of the Czech Republic has announced that it will provide further funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through June 2013. On this occasion, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Tomas Szunyog visited ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo where he signed a donation agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger.

Families Agree on Future Steps to Improve Resolving Missing Persons Cases from Kosovo Conflict

ICMP hosted a two day conference entitled, “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The conference gathered together representatives of family associations of missing persons, government representatives from Belgrade and Pristina, as well as representatives from the international community, including EULEX and ICRC.

ICMP’s Conference on Kosovo Missing Persons Gathers Albanian and Serb Representatives in Skopje

A two day conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and titled “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” started today in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Representatives of family associations of missing persons as well as government representatives from Serbia and Kosovo are attending, in addition to relevant experts and representatives of the international community.

William Hague Visits International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

British Foreign Secretary The Right Honourable William Hague MP visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today during his visit to the region.

Mr. Hague was briefed, by ICMP’s senior staff, about the work of the organization in the region of the Western Balkans and its broader global engagement in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. Discussions were held about the future of the organization, including its international status, headquarters and the critical need of the organization as a global resource. Mr. Hague also asked if ICMP could extend its technical capacity to work on cases of sexual violence committed during conflict.

Regional List of Missing Persons from the Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia to be Created

Following a two-day meeting organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on 15 and 16 October in Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of the BiH Missing Persons Institute, Administration on Detainees and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia and the Government Commission on Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia agreed upon future steps to create a regional list of missing persons.

EU Member States' Diplomats Visit ICMP Headquarters

A delegation of 25 members of the European Union’s Working Group for the Western Balkans (COWEB) led by H.E. Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to BiH/European Union Special Representative, visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. The delegation was received by ICMP’s Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, where it was briefed about ICMP’s assistance to the countries of the Western Balkans and to other countries around the world.

Progress in Addressing Enforced Disappearances in Iraq

ICMP-MHR conference in Iraq On 16 and 17 September, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights held Iraq’s first national conference on the country’s efforts to end enforced disappearances and to provide justice, truth and reparations to victims of this crime.
ICMP and the Ministry brought together representatives of the relevant state agencies including the Ministries of Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Work and Social Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the Martyrs Foundation, the National Center for Human Rights and the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss ensuring that current national legislation and mechanisms are in line with Iraq’s legal obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Renowned International legal experts from Amnesty International, the University of Milan, and the Swiss…

ICMP to Assist in Identification of Missing Children from El Salvador

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will work together with the Human Rights Center (HRC) at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the Salvadorian non-governmental organization Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos (ProSearch of Missing Children) of El Salvador to provide assistance with DNA testing, kinship analysis and database design for the identification of missing children from El Salvador.

Remembering the Missing from Conflict, Human Rights Violations and Other Causes

On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, 30th August, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) would like to recall the commitment of states under international law, including the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to clarify the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. Furthermore, ICMP would like to underscore that the families have a right to information regarding a missing relative regardless of the circumstances of their disappearance.