9 June 2010: A delegation consisting of 15 participants representing victims’ groups, parliamentarians, ministry representatives, judges and human rights activists and lawyers from Lebanon completed a week-long visit to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The purpose of this visit was to learn about ICMP’s work and the rule of law institutions in BiH involved in addressing missing persons’ rights, such as the Missing Persons Institute of BiH and the BiH Prosecutor and Court.
27 April 2010: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has further strengthened the capacity of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) as MPI and Tuzla authorities assume full responsibility today for the ongoing operations of the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) forensic facility after a meeting with the Mayor of Tuzla, Mr. Jasmin Imamovic.
26 March 2010: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has made a total of 13,000 DNA-assisted identifications of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, by analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing.
The Colombian Search Commission for Disappeared Persons (CBPD) has issued a report on the implementation of the central mechanisms established by the state to address the issue of missing persons. This is the first such public report issued by the CBPD. The report aims to increase the transparency on activities implemented to date by the state in order to locate and identify missing persons.
22 February 2010: The Government of the Republic of Turkey has further demonstrated its commitment to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to reinforcing stability, justice and the rule of law in the country by making a grant to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) of US$200,000.
The funds were granted following a meeting in Sarajevo between the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Professor Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, and ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger. The grant shall be used for ICMP’s work throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina.
17 February 2010: The Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) James V. Kimsey made an assessment trip to Haiti where countless numbers of persons are still missing and an estimated 200,000 people have died following the major earthquake of 12th January 2010.
The Chairman met with Haitian President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and discussed ways in which ICMP may be able to provide assistance through its Disaster Victim Identification program. The bodies of more than 75,000 people are estimated to have been buried in mass graves around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
10 December 2009: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) calls on governments worldwide to work for the resolution of cases of missing and disappeared persons.
“Today it is vital to remember and commemorate those persons who are missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights from existence around the world. We must remember those persons who have been effectively deleted because they belonged to the wrong nationality, religion, race, class, gender or political group,” said ICMP’s Director-General, Ms.Kathryne Bomberger.
26 November 2009: A delegation of senior officials from Republika Srpska’s Crime Police Directorate visited the forensic facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla and its international headquarters and DNA laboratory in Sarajevo in order to enhance their cooperation with ICMP.
ICMP has collected almost 90,000 blood samples from families in the region with missing relatives to conduct DNA identity testing of recovered mortal remains from clandestine graves; however, there are still family members in Republika Srpska samples that need to be located, who may want to provide blood. The RS Interior Ministry will enhance its cooperation with ICMP to locate the remaining family members in the hope of obtaining these samples.
19 November 2009: A delegation of officials from Serbia’s war crimes investigative authorities visited the forensic facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla and its international headquarters in Sarajevo on a fact-finding and familiarization visit.
18 November 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the adoption of the Law on Homage to Disappeared Persons and Other Measures for their Search and Identification, which was adopted yesterday by the Colombian Congress.
“This law is an important step forward in the search and identification process and the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration to the missing in Colombia,” said Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP’s Director-General. “The law strengthens the process of genetic identification, and provides for protection of a victims’ genetic information. It also includes measures for protecting the integrity of unidentified remains and for the protection of places of clandestine burial.”