Zagreb, 17 September 2019: Today in Zagreb, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized, with the participation of representatives of the Directorate for Detained and Missing of the Ministry of Croatian Veterans, an info-sharing meeting in Zagreb with 30 representatives of missing persons family associations from the Republic of Croatia.
This was the second in a series of meetings with families of the missing, organized to share information about the missing persons process on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The first meeting was held with families from Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2019.
The meetings are part of a two-year project supported by the Government of the United Kingdom and being implemented by ICMP, to renew the effort to account for 12,000 people who are still missing throughout the region. Countries in the region have formally undertaken to work together as the regional Missing Persons Group, maintaining a process that has already made it possible to account for more than 70 percent of the missing.
Information on new initiatives and implemented activities to strengthen regional cooperation was presented and discussed at today’s meeting, including information about relevant developments in the Republic of Croatia.
Families were informed about the Database of Active Missing Persons Cases from the Armed Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia, the enactment of the Law on Persons Missing from the Homeland War, efforts undertaken to identify unidentified remains, and other activities in accounting for missing persons.
Participants highlighted the need to involve families more widely in discussions on the issue of missing persons at the international level. Families also appealed to institutions and individuals in the region to provide information on the location of mass and individual graves in order to help address this painful issue.
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.