Monthly Archives: December 2004

Norwegian Donation to Support Work of ICMP

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has donated 300,000 Euros to support the activities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), contributing to the identification of persons missing in the former Yugoslavia as a result of armed conflicts in the region.Explaining the importance of the work his country is supporting, Norwegian Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Henrik Ofstad said “This work is about truth and justice, and it will help family members who lost loved ones to know what happened to their relatives. We have to do our utmost to contribute to the identification of those who were killed in the terrible wars in this region. As we have the people and the technology to do it, nothing should prevent us helping to resolve fate of those missing persons. ICMP has done a remarkable job so far, and I wish ICMP further success in this important work.”

The Norwegian assistance is…

The ICMP Exhibition “Voices of the Missing” held in Novi Sad

Human Rights Festival VIVISECT, organized by the Regional Women Initiative “Vojvođanka” from 13 to 19 December 2004, in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro, featured the “Voices of the Missing” exhibition presented by the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP).”War conflicts in the area of former Yugoslavia – a view from the inside and outside,” was title of the first part of the festival, in which regional and international artists presented the films and photo exhibitions. The goal of the festival was to initiate a public discussion about the war in the former Yugoslavia, to point out the necessity of knowing facts regarding the war conflict, to present truth as a mosaic of different elements, which when combined give a more clear perspective on the recent past.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) first organized the “Voices of the Missing” exhibition at the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo,…

Families Consulted on Legal Changes in Missing Persons Issue

At a conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) Friday, December 10, 2004, representatives of the Council of Ministers told family members of missing persons from across Bosnia-Herzegovina that their opinions would be taken into consideration in the establishment of a state-level Missing Persons Institute. The one-day conference, held in Sarajevo on Human Rights day to underline that resolution of the fate of missing persons is a human rights issue, was organized by ICMP to inform and consult with family members about implications of the adoption of the Law on Missing Persons and progress on the Missing Persons Institute (MPI).Representatives of the Families’ Associations attending the conference reiterated their desire to be active participants in resolving the fate of their loved ones and in the work of the Missing Persons Institute, but raised questions about regional representation within BiH of the Missing Persons Institute. They said…

ICMP and Croatian Government Collect Blood Samples from Families of the Missing

DNA specialists from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have started to analyze blood samples collected during a joint campaign with the Government of Croatia to help identify missing persons from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. In a campaign that covered 18 cities across Croatia during the last two weekends of November 2004, teams from ICMP and the Croatian Ministry of the Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity collected 754 new blood samples from family members of missing persons. DNA profiles are now being generated from the blood samples of family members, which will later be compared to DNA profiles taken from mortal remains that have been found in grave sites across the former Yugoslavia.During the campaign, 118 new missing persons cases were opened, as family members of persons who had not previously been listed on ICMP’s missing persons database came forward to give blood samples. “We…