10 February 2011: The Minister of Human Rights, H.E. Mohammed S. Al-Sudaney and the Director of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss enhancing their cooperation in locating, recovering and identifying persons missing as a result of the regime of Saddam Hussein and decades of external and internal conflicts.
“It is estimated that between 250,000 to 1 million persons are missing in Iraq,” said Minster Al-Sudaney. “It is important for the future of Iraq that we engage in a sustainable effort to address this issue. Millions of Iraqis has been affected by decades of abuse and we must work on their behalf to find their missing relatives,” he added. “The ICMP has had tremendous success in helping other governments in the world address this issue and we look forward to enhancing our cooperation with them.”
9 February 2011: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) announced the launch of its interactive online missing persons search tool called the “ICMP Online Inquiry Center” today at its Headquarters. The ICMP Online Inquiry Center will allow families of the missing and others to track missing persons cases through three different search engines, including the “Missing Persons Inquiry,” the “Postmortem Sample Inquiry,” and the “Excavation Site Inquiry.”
3 February 2011: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) together with the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) officially announced the creation of the MPI Central Records on Missing Persons (CEN). ICMP’s assistance in the creation of the CEN will help MPI expedite the verification of the list and other data relevant to missing persons cases from the BiH conflict, in accordance with the BiH Law on Missing Persons and through procedures promulgated in the Book of Rules on the CEN.
1 February 2010: The High Representative and EU Special Representative (HR/EUSR) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Valentin Inzko, visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and Podrinje Identification Project in Tuzla today.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Adam Boys, Mr. Inzko first visited PIP, which was specifically created to assist in the identification of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, and where mortal remains of these victims are examined and stored until final identification. Mr. Inzko saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist domestic authorities in making a final determination of identity so that families can bury their…
17 December 2010: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) provided a special, in-depth presentation of its work to a high-level delegation of over 50 national and International Prosecutors and staff members from the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina today.
13 December 2010: A delegation of six Iraqi experts engaged in efforts to address the issue of missing persons from the regime of Saddam Hussein, as well as armed conflicts, visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at its headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of the visit was to explore ways to implement a DNA-led identification project that would adhere to best practice and proper rule of law procedures.
10 December 2010: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BIH) in partnership with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees and the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a Regional conference on promoting a holistic approach to Memorials and Remembrance in Sarajevo from 9th to 10th December 2010.
The conference was aimed at initiating a process of dialogue between governments and civil society on models of commemoration and remembrance regarding atrocities that took place during the conflicts in the regions of the Western Balkans during the 1990’s. The conference focused on how to commemorate the thousands of victims of such atrocities, including persons missing from…
8 December 2010: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized today in Sarajevo the 6th meeting on Regional Cooperation between governments on the issue of persons missing from the 1990’s armed conflicts.
The meeting held today focused on the 1991- 1995 conflicts and included representatives of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI), the Ministry of Family, Veteran’s Affairs and Inter-generational Solidarity of the Republic of Croatia, the Commission on Missing Persons of the Government of Republic of Serbia and the Commission on Missing Persons of Montenegro.
2 December 2010: The Missing Persons Task Team of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have successfully collaborated in resolving cases of political disappearances from the period 1960 to 1994.
As a consequence of their joint efforts, several long-pending cases were resolved, including the identification of three members of the African National Congress (ANC) who disappeared in 1983, a Soweto Student Congress Member who was killed with two fellow activists in Soweto 1989, an Alexandra Township activist who was killed in 1986 and a man killed in 1982 during armed raids in Maseru, Lesotho. ICMP was also able to exclude the possibility that one man who disappeared in Pretoria in 1976 during a nationwide student protest, where…
24 November 2010: The USA Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Patrick S. Moon visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, H.E. Ambassador Moon received briefings on ICMP’s assistance to governments worldwide, and toured the organizations’ main laboratory where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and of blood samples from surviving relatives.