30 September 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) hosted a visit to its facilities in Tuzla by a high-level delegation of EU Ambassadors, diplomatic staff, military and police officers led by H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union and is also a major donor to ICMP.
14 September 2009: The DNA laboratory system of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has made a total of more than 16,400 DNA matches during its work assisting governments worldwide in dealing with the issue of persons missing from armed conflicts, human rights violations and natural disasters. This is the largest number of DNA-assisted identifications ever made, and is more than four times the total made by the world’s other main DNA laboratories combined.
11 September 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons warmly welcomes Ms. Carolina Barco Isakson, current Ambassador of Colombia to the USA and former Foreign Minister of Colombia, as the new ICMP Commissioner. Ambassador Barco becomes the sixth of ICMP’s Commissioners, joining Her Majesty Queen Noor, the Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, Willem Kok, Ambassador Rolf Ekeus and James V. Kimsey. ICMP Commissioners advocate for the resolution of the issue of enforced disappearance and represent ICMP at the highest diplomatic and governmental levels worldwide.
8 September 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has handed over the chairmanship of the Expert Group on Exhumations and Missing Persons to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Under the leadership of MPI, the new Expert Group is expected to enhance the process of searching for the remaining 8,000 to 10,000 missing persons of the 30,000 originally missing.
31 August 2009: “We are gathered here today to commemorate those persons who are missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights from around the world. We are here to remember those persons who have been effectively deleted because they belonged to the wrong nationality, religion, race, class, gender or political group.
We are also gathered here today to pay our respects and to show compassion to the families of the missing and disappeared. Their pain…
28 August 2009: The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina will mark the International Day of the Disappeared by organizing a special parliamentary session on 31st August to commemorate the day and to push for the implementation of the Law on Missing Persons and the establishment of a fund for families of the missing. The session will be the highlight of a series of events held across the country and the region, aimed at building public awareness of the universal nature of the problem of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo.
21 August 2009: On 5 August 2009 the Colombian Government presented the document CONPES 3590. The document, adopted in June by the National Council for Economic and Social Policy, strengthens and consolidates the process of searching for and identifying of victims of enforced disappearance.
5 August 2009: ICMP extends its condolences to Mrs. Esma Palic and to the relatives and many friends of Colonel Avdo Palic who have suffered for so long as a consequence of not knowing his fate and whereabouts. We also continue to extend our support to all those who are searching for persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in the regions of the former Yugoslavia.
23 July 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) hosted a visit to an exhumation site by a high-level delegation of EU Ambassadors and diplomatic staff led by H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union and is a major donor to ICMP.
17 July 2009: Britain’s Minister for Europe, Baroness Glenys Kinnock, visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons today as part of her first official trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms.Kathryne Bomberger, as well as by the British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Michael Tatham, and officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Baroness received briefings on ICMP’s work on behalf of governments worldwide, and toured the organisation’s main laboratory where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and blood from surviving relatives.