11 October 2011: A group of four Montenegrin scientists from the Forensic Center Police Directorate of Montenegro today completed a six day training course organized and implemented by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla. The training was a part of a larger project called ‘Strengthening the Capacities of the Montenegrin Police Administration’, funded by the European Union’s IPA Twinning Project, and was aimed at improving Montenegrin forensic capabilities.
ICMP experts provided the group of Montenegrin scientists with theoretical and practical training in bone sampling, processing, extraction, kinship statistics and reporting. The scientists were also provided with introductory training in using the DNA•VIEW computer software and will be provided an on-site training in Montenegro.
“In addition to ICMP’s scientific work which we immensely respect, it is admirable how ICMP managed to completely overcome all the divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and jointly, with people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, humanely assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in identifying missing persons from the conflicts. From the scientific point of view, the experience given to us during this visit and training at the ICMP is invaluable and will definitely be implemented in our own laboratory in the future, because ICMP is the most experienced organization in dealing with this issue. We are especially grateful for the openness and unselfish approach of the ICMP staff in providing us information from ICMP’s extensive experience.”, said Dr Sandra Kovačević, head of the Group for Biological Analyses of Montenegro’s Forensic Center Police Directorate, following the training.
“The ICMP is privileged to have been involved in the capacity building project to assist with the development of forensic capabilities of the Montenegrin Forensic Center. We admire the dedication and commitment shown by the visiting Montenegrin scientists in the continuous professional development of their laboratory. The ICMP hopes to be able to work with the Montenegrin experts in the future and looks forward to hearing about the developments of the Montenegrin Laboratory.”, said Kitty Lai, ICMP’s Training Coordinator, following the training.
ICMP is actively involved in helping governments and other institutions in various parts of the world address social and political issues related to missing persons and establish effective identification systems in the wake of conflict or natural disaster.
ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, other hostilities or violations of human rights and to assist them in doing so. ICMP also supports the work of other organizations in their efforts, encourages public involvement in its activities and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing.