Switzerland and United Kingdom Support ICMP’s Contribution to Justice

11 June 2008: The governments of Switzerland and United Kingdom announced today that they will provide further funds to the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons for the 2008 and 2009. The joint contribution amounting to 400,000 Euros will help ICMP continue to provide assistance to judicial institutions.”ICMP recognizes that aspects of its work can be relevant to bringing war criminals to justice. Without effective criminal justice to end impunity for these most serious of crimes there cannot be lasting peace, nor can such crimes be prevented in the future,” said ICMP Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger.

Since 2000 the Government of United Kingdom has donated over 3.35 Million Euros including this donation to the work of ICMP, and the Government of Switzerland has been a supporter of ICMP’s work since 2001, with a total amount of around 630,000 EUR including this donation. The valuable support of the two donors was aimed at transitional justice activities, capacity building for associations of families of missing persons, government relations as well as to assisting the process of exhumation and identification of war victims in the Western Balkans.

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.

The work of ICMP is also supported by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United States and the European Union. The C.S. Mott Foundation provides funding to ICMP for the “Paths to Reconciliation” project.