The Hague, 11 July 2022: To deny the facts about the Genocide that were adjudicated by two international courts, undermines the right to truth and justice for survivors and for humanity, Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), said today.
Speaking on the 27th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, Ms. Bomberger said: “The International Commission on Missing Persons assisted in the investigation of the Srebrenica Genocide and provided irrefutable evidence of the identity of almost 7,000 of the more than 8,000 persons whose mortal remains were concealed in numerous mass graves in eastern Bosnia. As the investigation continues, more persons will be found.”
ICMP introduced a DNA-led process of identification that has made it possible to account for almost 90 percent of the Srebrenica victims. Today, 50 victims identified in the last 12 months were laid to rest at the Potocari Memorial Center outside Srebrenica.
Ten of the individuals buried in Potocari today were found in a mass grave exhumed last year in Dobro Polje, near Kalinovik, which is about 150 kilometers away from Srebrenica. This was the first mass grave linked to the July 1995 Srebrenica genocide to be exhumed since the excavation in Kozluk in April 2016 and by far the furthest distance from Srebrenica. The investigation into this case is still ongoing. Approximately 1,000 persons are still missing from the Srebrenica Genocide.
Over 40,000 persons went missing as a consequence of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990’s. Of that number, 30,000 went missing as a consequence of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over 75 percent of the missing from the conflicts in the region have been accounted for.
States are obligated under international law to locate missing persons and to investigate their disappearance and to secure the rights of all families of the missing to truth, justice and reparations.
ICMP is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization with Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes and to assist them in doing so. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons.