“Profiles of the Missing” to Examine Issue of Persons Missing As a Result of Migration in the Mediterranean Region

The Hague, 31 May 2018: The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Embassy of Switzerland will organize a “Profiles of the Missing” event in Rome on 11 June.

Profiles of the Missing is a public forum that brings together families of missing persons to examine core elements of the missing persons issue, raise public awareness, make recommendations, and demonstrate to policymakers that this issue is an indispensable element in addressing regional security, conflict-prevention, peace building and international justice. The active participation of surviving relatives of the missing is central to the Profiles approach.

The Profiles of the Missing event on 11 June in Rome will examine current approaches to accounting for persons missing as a result of migration in the Mediterranean region. It will follow a series of meetings in Rome designed to launch a multilateral initiative to tackle this issue.

Her Majesty Queen Noor, who has been an ICMP Commissioner since 2001, and Switzerland’s Ambassador to Italy, Giancarlo Kessler, who is hosting the conference, will make opening remarks. Other speakers will include individuals who have travelled on migration routes from Syria, the Gambia and Eritrea. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Organization for Migration, Human Rights Watch, and others will be represented, including Profiles of the Missing partners Migrants of the Mediterranean, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights, and “Yazda”.

Participants will examine the negative consequences that survivors often face when reporting a missing person or when dealing with the authorities in the aftermath of a disappearance, as well as the social and legal status of migrants and refugees, and the ways in which this affects the effort to account for the missing and uphold the rights of survivors. Participants will also examine the ways in which survivors can assert their rights, and assess the mechanisms that currently exist to address the issue of missing migrants, identify gaps, and propose responses based on a modern, rights-based, rule-of-law approach.

All media are cordially invited to cover the Profiles of the Missing

From 18.00 to 20.30 on 11 June

At the Embassy of Switzerland in Italy

Via Barnaba Oriani 61, 00197 Rome, Italy

 RSVP press@icmp.int by 7 June

 For more information, contact dima.babilli@icmp.int or call 31 6 11115248