ICMP Announces Publication of Mapping Report on the Missing Persons Work of Colombia´s Civil Society Organizations, and Families of the Missing

The publication highlights the central role played by civil society in ensuring that the state fulfils its obligation to investigate all missing persons cases, regardless of the timeframe or circumstance of their disappearance

Bogota, 27 August 2020: The achievements and challenges of more than 100 associations of families of the missing in Colombia, and other civil society organizations that are working on the country’s enormous missing persons challenge are detailed in a mapping report released by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today.

The publication, the first of its kind for Colombia, compiles ICMP data on the work of civil society organizations, including family associations of missing persons and other networks that are involved in the arduous effort to account for the more than 120,000 persons who are estimated missing from Colombia’s more than 50 years of conflict. It was launched as part of ICMP’s activities to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared, observed globally on 30 August.

“This mapping acknowledges and appreciates the persistence and driving force that families of missing persons provide to national actors and members of the…

From Bosnian Families of the Missing to Syrian Families of the Missing: Don’t Give Up on Demanding your Rights!


25 August 2020: In an online exchange organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons, families of the missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Syria shared experiences of their fights for justice and effective investigations into the whereabouts of their missing loved ones and the circumstances of their disappearances. Families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the ICMP has helped identify more than 70 percent of the 30,000 who went missing in the 1990s war, urged their Syrian counterparts to persevere in securing rights and underlined the importance of a secure central record that collects all information on all missing persons. ICMP presents a short film titled Journey in Pursuit of Truth and Freedom documenting the exchange as part of activities to commemorate the 2020 International Day of the Disappeared.

Colombia: Civil Society Organizations Begin Adding Missing Person Data to Pilot Repository

Colombian civil society representatives and ICMP staff during an online meeting focused on data governance and information sharing.

By Laura Manrique

Bogota, 14 August 2020: Six civil society organizations that cooperate with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Colombia have agreed to take part in the creation of a pilot central data repository for information related to missing persons in Colombia, a key step that enables the organizations to strengthen their data collection processes and to ensure that they do not duplicate efforts.

All of the participating organizations – Funvides (Bogotá), Credhos (Barrancabermeja), Poderpaz (Cúcuta), CDR (Cali), Favidesc (Florencia) and Madres de la Candelaria (Medellín) – have been using ICMP Integrated Data Management System (iDMS) to handle the data they have collected in a responsible, transparent, safe, effective and efficient way. Their participation in the pilot enables them to share information with each other, allowing for a more efficient data management process.

The organizations agreed to take part in the pilot during an ICMP meeting focused on data…

ICMP Signs Cooperation Agreements with Iraqi Institutions to Continue Support in Finding All Missing Persons

Zaid Ali Abbas, the Director General of Medico Legal Directorate of the Ministry of Health; Diaa Karim, Director General the Mass Grave Affairs and Protection Directorate of the Martyr’s Foundation, and Fawaz Abdulabbas, deputy head of ICMP in Iraq, sign cooperation agreements on 12 August 2020. Standing behind them are Health Minister Hassan Al-Tamimi, First Deputy Speaker Hassan Al Kabbai and the Head of Martyr’s Foundation, Kadem Awaid, who attended the ceremony to underline their support.

BAGDHAD 13 August 2020: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) this week signed cooperation agreements with the Mass Grave Affairs and Protection Directorate of the Martyr’s Foundation and the Medico Legal Directorate of the Ministry of Health and Environment, adding to an agreement signed with the Ministry of Justice in late July.

“The agreements affirm and strengthen our cooperation with ICMP,” said Hassan Al Kabbai, First Deputy Speaker in Iraq’s Parliament, who hosted the 12 August signing ceremony. “We look forward to the results our closer cooperation will bring – I will follow developments closely.”

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said:

“The agreements form the basis of ICMP’s continued to support to Iraq in developing and implementing a sustainable strategy to account for all Iraq’s missing and disappeared persons in an impartial and transparent manner.”

Iraqi authorities estimate that 250,000 to 1 million persons are missing in the country. ICMP has worked with…

Online exhibition highlights advocacy material to help Syrian families of missing persons

The materials aim to make families of the many who have disappeared in the Syrian conflict aware of their rights, and what they can do to support a search for their missing relatives

By Yasmine Khalaf

28 July 2020: A collection of films and other advocacy material created by Syrian civil society organizations are featured in a new online exhibit organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

The materials aim to make families of the many who have disappeared in the Syrian conflict aware of their rights, and what they can do to support a search for their missing relatives. The 11 organizations created the products with support from the ICMP, which awarded them small grants to finance the projects and offered workshops and other support to help the organizations strengthen their skills.

“We have the right to know where they are,” a woman gazing straight into the camera says in one of the films, produced by the Syria Legal Network.

The title of online exhibit, “In Their Absence”, was inspired by a book collecting interviews by families of the missing on the challenges…

ICMP Welcomes Appointment of Members of the Lebanon National Commission for the Missing and Forcibly Disappeared

The Hague 17 July 2020: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the appointment of the members of the Lebanon National Commission for the Missing and Forcibly Disappeared, who have been sworn in before the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun.

“These appointments underline recognition of the importance of resolving the issue of missing persons as an opportunity to assert state responsibility, and thus  enhance confidence in public institutions on this issue,” said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger. “As the only international organization working exclusively on the issue of missing persons, ICMP stands ready to support Lebanon’s efforts to address this issue in an effective and impartial way, and to help families of the missing to secure truth and justice.”

For years, family associations and civil society have worked to keep the missing persons issue in public view, and together with NGOs they have called on the authorities to launch…

Her Majesty Queen Noor Message on Srebrenica Genocide 25th Anniversary


Dearest sisters and brothers, today we remember with love and respect the lives of Srebrenica’s beloved fathers, brothers, sons, those who will never be forgotten. Your loss 25 years ago is our loss, the world’s great loss, a crime against humanity beyond imagining.

I arrived not long after to meet and mourn with the mothers of Srebrenica, wives, sister and daughters of the disappeared. It was only then that I could begin to understand the magnitude of your horrendous loss. Over the past twenty years working with the International Commission on Missing Persons I’ve been privileged to witness, love and admire my sisters of Srebrenica. For your courage, dedication, compassion and steadfastness in the face of immense pressures. In our work with you and others to ensure that the victims of Srebrenica are found and identified, together…






Komisioni Ndërkombëtar për Personat e Zhdukur (ICMP) fton shoqatat ose organizatat e familjeve të personave të zhdukur dhe organizatat e shoqërisë civile të paraqesin një kërkesë/aplikim për Programin Grantet e Vogla të ICMP për Shoqatat Familjare të Personave të Zhdukur/Organizata të Shoqërisë Civile, Shqipëri 2020-2021.

ICMP është një organizatë ndërkombëtare e pavarur, e bazuar në marrveshje ndërkombëtare, me më shumë se 20 vjet përvojë në 40 vende. Eshtë e vetmja organizatë ndërkombëtare që ka si detyrë ekskluzive të punojë për çështjen e personave të zhdukur. ICMP ndihmon qeveritë të ndërtojnë institucione të sundimit të ligjit që kërkojnë me sukses dhe paanshmëri personat e zhdukur, dhe mbështet përpjekjet për t’iu bërë të mundur familjeve të të zhdukurve të mbrojnë të drejtat e tyre.



ISSUE DATE: 10-Jul-20



The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) invites associations or organizations of families of missing persons and civil society organizations to submit an application for its Small Grants for the Associations of Families of Missing Persons (FAs)/Civil Society Organization’s, Albania 2020-2021”.

ICMP is an independent, treaty-based international organization with more than 20 years of experience in 40 countries. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It helps governments build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons, and it supports efforts to enable families of the missing to assert their rights.


As part of its EU-funded program on missing persons in Albania, in 2017-2020 ICMP has begun collecting ante-mortem data and family reference samples from families whose relatives are believed…

ICMP, the Srebrenica Memorial and artist Šejla Kamerić, launch art project “Forensic Archive: From One Learn All”

The project highlights the notion of absence and the search for the missing, aiming to inform, educate and evoke emotions

10 July 2020: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the Srebrenica Memorial Center and BIH artist Šejla Kamerić launched an art project that casts light on the scientific process of finding and identifying war victims in a mission for truth and justice.

The project, titled Forensic Archive: From One Learn All will be developed in coming years and will feature a permanent exhibition at the Srebrenica Memorial and a digital platform. The installation projected on the walls of the Potocari Battery Factory – which houses the Srebrenica Memorial – on 8 and 9 July, ahead of the 11 July anniversary of the Genocide was generously supported by the Government of the United Kingdom and is a part of the launch of the project.

By using different media in a crossover between science and art, the project presents the scientific facts on the basis of…