The Hague, 19 September 2018: The Government of Chile has ratified the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).
The Agreement recognizes ICMP as an international organization tasked with assisting countries in their efforts to address missing persons cases from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, migration and other causes.
By ratifying the Agreement, Chile joins Cyprus, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden and the United Kingdom, which have already done so.
ICMP has worked with the authorities in Chile for many years, helping relevant institutions to address the missing persons cases, including those who went missing under the Pinochet dictatorship. ICMP looks forward to working with the Chilean authorities and with Chilean civil society to address cases from the period of the dictatorship that have not yet been resolved, as well as other cases.
The Agreement does not create new international obligations for signatory States, financial or otherwise. ICMP remains a voluntarily funded organization.
ICMP is a treaty-based international organization whose mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating and identifying 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.