Family Members Stand Together for Their Rights

10th Regional Networking Conference on the Missing Persons Issue 27 October 2007: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) hosted a conference in Novi Vinodolski, Republic of Croatia, where representatives of associations of families of missing persons and representatives from relevant government institutions from the region met together for three days to discuss issues pertinent to determining the fate of missing persons from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in South Eastern Europe.

ICMP’s 10th Regional Conference brings together family members of the missing and representatives of regional governments

Novi Vinodolski | 25. October 2007
The issue of over 17,000 persons still missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s in the regions of Southeastern Europe is the topic of a three day conference being held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Novi Vinodolski, Republic of Croatia from 25 to 27 October.This conference is the 10th regional conference of its kind held by ICMP in cooperation with associations of families of missing persons from the region where representatives of governments from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Serbia and the UN Administered Kosovo are invited to share information relevant to determining the fate of missing persons.

ICMP’s 10th Regional Conference brings together family members of the missing and representatives of regional governments

25 October 2007: The issue of over 17,000 persons still missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s in the regions of Southeastern Europe is the topic of a three day conference being held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Novi Vinodolski, Republic of Croatia from 25 to 27 October.This conference is the 10th regional conference of its kind held by ICMP in cooperation with associations of families of missing persons from the region where representatives of governments from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Serbia and the UN Administered Kosovo are invited to share information relevant to determining the fate of missing persons. The Croatian Minister for Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity and Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Jadranka Kosor and the BiH Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Dr. Safet Halilovic opened the conference along…

New Chairman of ICMP Steering Committee on Forensic Science

3 October 2007: Professor Dr (med) Guy Rutty from the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, has been elected as new chairman of the Steering Committee on Forensic Science Programs of the International Commission on Missing Persons. The Steering Committee assists ICMP in obtaining the best scientific advice available on matters related to forensic science programs and related work within ICMP. In addition, it evaluates and monitors relevant ICMP policies and working procedures.

Swiss Ambassador visits ICMP Tuzla

Swiss Ambassador H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz visits ICMPTuzla | 25. September 2007
The Government of Switzerland continues to support the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). During his visit to the ICMP center in Tuzla, the Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz, announced that the Swiss Government will be contributing 80.000 Euros in 2008 to the ICMP. This contribution will be used to support the project “Capacity Building for Associations of Families of Missing Persons – Fostering Mutual Understanding”. H. E. Mr. Lenz stressed that his country, respecting the priorities of the Swiss foreign policy, has been engaged for many years in the peace and stabilization process of BiH. Dealing with the…

Swiss Ambassador visits ICMP Tuzla

25 September 2007: The Government of Switzerland continues to support the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). During his visit to the ICMP center in Tuzla, the Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz, announced that the Swiss Government will be contributing 80.000 Euros in 2008 to the ICMP. This contribution will be used to support the project “Capacity Building for Associations of Families of Missing Persons – Fostering Mutual Understanding”. H. E. Mr. Lenz stressed that his country, respecting the priorities of the Swiss foreign policy, has been engaged for many years in the peace and stabilization process of BiH. Dealing with the past, as well as all transitional justice activities, is of crucial importance in BiH.
ICMP assists governments in the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons through the use of forensic archaeology, anthropology and DNA science. It provides policy assistance…

BiH Justice Minister and Chief Prosecutor Visited ICMP

Konferencija Novi VinodolskiTuzla | 17. September 2007
The Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barisa Colak, and the Chief Prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marinko Jurcevic, were impressed with the results achieved by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in assisting Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the issue of persons missing as result of armed conflict. Recently, ICMP made its 10,000 DNA match of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The ICMP system of DNA-led identifications was established in response to the difficulty of locating recovering and identifying persons large numbers of missing persons in a post conflict environment. The use of a DNA-led process is the most accurate method to identify persons from conflict or crimes against humanity.

During the visit to ICMP facilities in Tuzla on Monday, State officials…

BiH Justice Minister and Chief Prosecutor Visited ICMP

17 September 2007: The Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barisa Colak, and the Chief Prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marinko Jurcevic, were impressed with the results achieved by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in assisting Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the issue of persons missing as result of armed conflict. Recently, ICMP made its 10,000 DNA match of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The ICMP system of DNA-led identifications was established in response to the difficulty of locating recovering and identifying persons large numbers of missing persons in a post conflict environment. The use of a DNA-led process is the most accurate method to identify persons from conflict or crimes against humanity.

During the visit to ICMP facilities in Tuzla on Monday, State officials thanked the organization for its participation and contribution to the process. “More than half of the missing persons in…

International Day of the Disappeared

29 August 2007: On the International Day of Disappeared, the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Missing Persons Institute (MPI) of Bosnia and Herzegovina wish to highlight that thousands of persons remain unaccounted for in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of more than 30,000 missing persons at the end of the conflict, an estimated 13,000 are still missing. Their families continue to live in uncertainty and anguish hoping to receive news regarding the fate of their missing relatives.

ICMP DNA Identification of 10,000th Victim in Bosnia and Herzegovina

27 August 2007: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) passed a major milestone this week, when it recorded its 10,000th DNA match of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The 10,000th missing person to be identified using ICMP’s unique DNA-led system was a man missing from the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. The ICMP DNA match report, which indicates the identity of the man with a certainty of 99.95 per cent, will be forwarded to the local court-appointed pathologist, who will conduct an official post-mortem examination and make the final, legal identification. The remains will then be returned to the missing man’s family for burial.