The Hague, 19 December 2017: The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Irish Aid) has donated 150,000 Euros to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) to assist ICMP’s global effort to tackle the issue of missing persons.
“The Irish government has been a generous supporter of ICMP since 2002, with contributions amounting to more than 1 million Euros,” ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger said today. “We are grateful for this renewed support, which will directly facilitate ICMP’s policy and technical assistance programs globally, including in Iraq, the MENA region, and Latin America.”
The funding will help ICMP to operate its cross-cutting programs – Institution and Civil Society Development, Science and Technology, Data Systems, Justice Sector Assistance, and the Center for Excellence and Training. Through these programs, ICMP helps governments to build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons, and to develop legislation to enable families of the missing to assert their rights. ICMP assists authorities in using advanced forensic techniques, including modern DNA methods, to locate and identify missing persons, and it maintains the world’s only non-profit, high-throughput standing capacity to conduct large-scale, DNA-led human identification. It also responds to requests for documentation and expert testimony from international and domestic courts on matters related to war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and other crimes under international law.