EULEX Delegation Visits ICMP HQ in Sarajevo to Discuss Agreement on Missing Persons Process in Kosovo

15 November 2011: A delegation from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), including, Silvio Bonfigli, EULEX Head of the Justice Component and Alan Robinson, Co-Head of the Department for Forensic Medicine (DFM) visited the offices of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) from 10-11 November, where they met with ICMP Director General, Kathryne Bomberger and came to an agreement regarding measures to address difficult cases of persons missing from the Kosovo conflict.

German government continues funding ICMP’s identification activities

25 October 2011: Germany has announced that it will provide a grant of 200,000 Euros for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) in 2011. On behalf of the German Government, the Ambassador to BIH Ulrike Knotz today signed a grant agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger at ICMP’s HQ in Sarajevo.

Montenegrin Scientists Trained by ICMP

11 October 2011: A group of four Montenegrin scientists from the Forensic Center Police Directorate of Montenegro today completed a six day training course organized and implemented by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla. The training was a part of a larger project called ‘Strengthening the Capacities of the Montenegrin Police Administration’, funded by the European Union’s IPA Twinning Project, and was aimed at improving Montenegrin forensic capabilities.

ICMP urges Libyan authorities to design mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons in accordance with international human rights and rule of law norms

30 September 2011: In light of recent developments in Libya, the International Commission on Missing Persons calls on Libyan authorities to design mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons in accordance with international norms. Accordingly, ICMP notes that the state has the obligation to document cases of enforced disappearance, recover and identify mortal remains, and return them to families for a dignified burial.

US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Patrick Moon visits ICMP

31 August 2011: A day after the International Day of the Disappeared was marked by families of missing persons across the world, the US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Mr. Patrick Moon toured the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla. In these facilities ICMP works to identify missing persons from the armed conflict in BiH and the rest of the world where it has its operations. This was Ambassador Moon’s second visit to ICMP, following his tour of ICMP HQ and DNA laboratory at ICMP’s Headquarters in Sarajevo in November 2010.

Letter of ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger on the occasion of the Intl Day of the Disappeared

30 August 2011: The 30th of August is increasingly recognized throughout the world as the International Day of the Disappeared. On this day families of persons who have missing loved ones from armed conflicts and violations of human rights seek to draw attention to this issue and to ensure that authorities uphold the legal rights of the families of the disappeared to know the fate and whereabouts of a missing loved one.

Letter of Regional Coordination on the occasion of marking the International Day of the Disappeared

29 August 2011: The International Commission for Missing Persons is delighted to be able to share with you a text that has been written by the Regional Coordination of Family Associations of Missing Persons from the former Yugoslavia which was read at today’s marking of the International Day of the Disappeared in Brcko. The Regional Coordination comprises representatives of family associations of the missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia whose mission is to lobby governments and state institutions to resolve the missing persons issue and increase awareness of the issue at the domestic and international level.