10 November 2009: Thirty students from the Law Faculties of the Universities of Mostar, Banja Luka and Sarajevo visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today.
The delegation, which saw law students from each of Bosnia’s main universities joined together in one party, visited ICMP’s three forensic facilities in Tuzla; the Podrinje Identification Project, the Lukavac Re-association Centre and the Identification Coordination Division (ICD). ICMP constructed the first two projects specifically to assist in the identification of victims of the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, while ICD exists as ICMP’s worldwide centre for the processing of information about missing persons. The students also received briefings on the work of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI), as well as a presentation on the implementation of the Law on Missing Persons.
“We are impressed with the work of ICMP and the professionalism of the staff, as with their work they are assisting not just the region but the rest of the world, and by so doing are helping discover the truth and giving a sense of closure to the families of the missing,” said Haris Ibricic, President of Law Student Association of the University of Sarajevo.
“The work of ICMP makes a huge contribution to justice and every adult in this country should come and visit these facilities,” said Marija Prskalo, from the Law Faculty of Mostar University.
Zelimir Simic of the Law Faculty of Banja Luka University said “we are very thankful to ICMP – we think its work is extremely positive and its staff are performing their task in an objective and professional manner.”
“It’s extremely encouraging to see that law students from all three main universities across BiH have recognized the importance of the work of the ICMP for the past, present and future of their country” said Klaudia Kuljuh, ICMP’s Western Balkans Regional Coordinator.
The DNA laboratory system of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has made a total of nearly 16,500 DNA matches during its work assisting governments worldwide in dealing with the issue of persons missing from armed conflicts, human rights violations and natural disasters. This is the largest number of DNA-assisted identifications ever made, and since ICMP’s DNA identification system went online in November 2001, 15,158 identifications have been made of persons missing from armed conflicts in the Western Balkans, including 12,722 who were missing from Bosnia-Herzegovina.