24 June 2009: The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) continues its key work of finding and excavating mass graves as MPI teams began work on two key sites located in south-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute’s work at the two locations demonstrated its readiness and ability to operate as the state-level institution tasked with dealing with some 17,500 missing persons across the entire territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
21 June 2009: One year after the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars ferry during Typhoon Frank, INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today paid their respects to the victims and their families at a ceremony.
Following the disaster, in which an estimated 800 passengers and crew lost their lives when the ferry capsized, an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT), which included experts from the ICMP, was deployed to Cebu City to assist Philippine authorities in the identification of victims.
12 June 2009: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is delighted to announce the implementation of a major donation of software from the Microsoft Corporation, with a commercial value of $162,000. This donation will enable ICMP to upgrade its operating systems, thereby improving and continuing its vital work of assisting governments to clarify the fate of missing persons including the use of DNA techniques to assist in the identification of the remains of tens of thousands of people missing from wars, human rights abuses and natural disasters worldwide.
4 June 2009: The government of the Czech Republic has further demonstrated its commitment to The International Commission on Missing Persons and to reinforcing stability, security and democracy in the Western Balkans by making a further grant to ICMP of 50,000 euros.
15 April 2009: Funding from the German government has enabled the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to purchase state-of-the-art technical equipment which will enhance its high-throughput DNA identification system.
Visiting ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division and the Podrinje Identification Project in Tuzla, H.E Joachim Schmidt, German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, praised ICMP’s DNA-assisted identification system and the improvements made to it by the recent German donation.
8 April 2009: A delegation of six Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientists working for the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) attended a training course provided by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia Herzegovina. The purpose of the visit was to provide the bi-communal team of Cypriot scientists with the opportunity to broaden and enhance their existing forensic and anthropological skills.
27 March 2009: A delegation of eight geneticists from three Colombian forensics institutions working on the issue of enforced disappearances visited and received training at the operational centers of the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 8th to 21st March, 2009.
25 March 2009: Kosovo’s authorities and The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) deepened their cooperation and furthered their determination to resolve the issue of missing persons in Kosovo as Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Rame Manaj visited ICMP’s facilities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The delegation also included Mr. Prenk Gjetaj, Head of Government Commission on Missing Persons and Dr. Arsim Gerxhaliu, Head of the Office on Missing Persons and Forensics.
6 March 2009: A 5th meeting on regional cooperation between governments concerning the issue of persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s was hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo.
5 February 2009: The efforts of INTERPOL, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Philippines law enforcement authorities, local and national government authorities as well as the wider international community in identifying the victims of Typhoon Frank have proved an outstanding example of international co-operation, said Philippines Secretary of Defense Gilbert Teodoro.
At an official ceremony in Cebu City to mark the handover of the process of victim identification from the ferry disaster of June 21, 2008, the work of the INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) and the ICMP was also recognised by a Presidential Citation for the services rendered to the Philippines for their role in helping the national law enforcement authorities to identify hundreds of…