The Hague, 21 November: The Czech Republic’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Ms. Kateřina Sequensová, visited the Headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in The Hague this week.
“The Czech Republic has been supporting ICMP for many years, and we are committed to continuing this relationship,” Ambassador Sequensová said after presenting ICMP with a grant. The Czech Republic, which has Observer status in ICMP’s Conference of State Parties, has provided ICMP with more than 150,000 Euros since 2008.
ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger thanked Ambassador Sequensová and said that Czech support has enabled ICMP to work effectively with governments in different parts of the world to address the challenge of missing persons.
“Large numbers of missing from conflict or major disasters make it very hard for countries to recover,” Director-General Bomberger said. “If authorities are unable or unwilling to account for the missing, the public credibility of institutions is diminished and the rule of law is undermined.”
Director-General Bomberger briefed Ambassador Sequensová on ICMP’s programs in the Western Balkans, Iraq, Syria, Colombia and Mexico, as well as its activities to address the issue of missing Mediterranean migrants and its Center of Excellence and Learning, through which it transfers knowledge and expertise to stakeholders from governments and civil society. She also explained how ICMP’s cross-cutting programs – Institution and Civil Society Development, Science & Technology, Data Systems, and Assistance to Justice – provide support to stakeholders in each of the key areas of accounting for the missing.
During a tour of ICMP’s DNA laboratory, Ambassador Sequensová was briefed on the process of identifying human remains using the latest scientific techniques.
ICMP is a treaty-based international 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.