Thousands of family members and friends paid their respects today to 175 newly identified victims

Family members gathered at Srebrenica memorial cemetery

12 July 2014: Thousands of family members and friends paid their respects today to 175 newly identified victims of the 1995 Fall of Srebrenica, the only recognized genocide on European soil since WWII. Almost 7,000 persons out of around 8,100 missing from July 1995 have been scientifically identified with ICMP’s assistance.

„ICMP today feels the pain of the families who are burying their loved ones in Potocari. Over the years ICMP has sought to help families of the missing and local Bosnian institutions, including the Missing Persons Institute, the BiH Prosecutor’s Office and Court and other local agencies, in the extremely difficult task of locating and identifying missing persons from the conflicts of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia,” said ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger. „We hope to continue to assist in locating the approximately 9,000 persons still missing from the BIH conflict, including the 1,000 persons still missing from Srebrenica.“

„We hope that these efforts will serve as a deterrent to future atrocities”, said Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director General, speaking at a commemorative event in Srebrenica.

Over 40,000 persons were considered missing in the Western Balkans following the armed conflicts, of which some 30,000 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With ICMP’s assistance governments of the region have succeeded in accounting for more than 17,500 persons, of which 14,500 are relevant to BiH.

ICMP is an international organization based in Sarajevo and established to support the Dayton Peace Agreement. ICMP is today actively involved in helping governments and other institutions in the Western Balkans and other parts of the world to address social and political issues related to missing persons and establish effective identification systems in the wake of conflict or natural disaster.