Yearly Archives: 2008

ICMP briefs Bosnia's War Crimes Prosecutors

ICMP's seminar for the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) provided a special, in-depth presentation of its work to a high-level delegation of 20 national and International Prosecutors from the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The objective of the ICMP seminar was to provide prosecutors with an overview of the technical assistance that ICMP provides to governments in locating, recovering and identifying the mortal remains of persons missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights.  Given that ICMP assistance in this regard is also relevant to criminal prosecutions, it is also important that prosecutors understand the scope of ICMP’s work and the type…

ICMP Commends BiH Parliament for Marking Human Rights Day by Highlighting Plight of the Missing

Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director-General commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for marking the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human RightsICMP commends Bosnia and Herzegovina for marking the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights by holding a special session of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Rights of the Child, Youth, Immigration, Refugees, Asylum and Ethics of the Parliamentary Assembly.

During the special session Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of ICMP, noted, “There are still over 13,000 persons missing from the armed conflicts that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This fact constitutes one of the biggest human rights issues facing Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region today.”

High-Level Colombian Delegation Visits ICMP

Colombian delegation recives a presentation from ICMP A high-level delegation of 19 experts working on the issue of enforced disappearances in Colombia visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at its headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 20th to 25th November, 2008.

The Colombian delegation received in-depth presentations of ICMP experiences and expertise, in strengthening institutional capacity, creating viable legislation and enhancing the technical means to locate, recover and identify missing persons.  In addition, ICMP stressed the importance of including civil society in all aspects of the process and ensuring that family associations of the missing in particular are fully educated and informed about the process.

ICMP Conference: Families of the Missing Press for Regional Cooperation

11th annual Regional Networking Conference on the Missing Persons IssuesThe International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) hosted a conference in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia from 28th to 30th November, where more than a hundred representatives of associations of families of missing persons, relevant government institutions from the region, as well as parliamentarians and human rights organisations met together for three days to discuss issues pertinent to determining the fate of missing persons from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in South Eastern Europe.

“There are still over 17,000 persons missing from the various armed conflicts that took place during the 1990’s. This fact constitutes one of the biggest human rights issues facing the region today,” said Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, the Director-General of ICMP. “Families have come together across national…

ICMP Conference: Families and Regional Governments Determined to Resolve Problem of the Missing

Family associations, key representatives of regional governments, parliamentarians, diplomats and human rights organizations sit together on ICMP conferenceA mutual determination to find resolution to the long-standing problem of people missing from the conflicts of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia saw family associations, key representatives of regional governments, parliamentarians, diplomats and human rights organizations united at the three-day 11th annual ‘Regional Networking Conference on the Missing Persons Issues’ being held by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia from 28th to 30th November.

“The presence of governments and…

Germany Continues Vital Funding to ICMP

The German Government continues its vital support to the work of the ICMP Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger and the German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Joachim Schmidt are signing a donor funding agreement International Commission on Missing Persons with an important contribution this year of 600,000 Euros. This donation will support ICMP’s DNA-assisted identification program, which has already helped in accurately identifying almost 12,000 persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“ICMP, together with other organizations, has over the years essentially contributed to the reconciliation process of BIH. Despite their work, 13.000 persons are still missing in BIH. Through identifying the victims found in mass graves, ICMP is enabling their surviving relatives to get reliable information and in the end come to terms with…

ICMP releases key report on Colombia’s Missing

Map of ColombiaICMP report provides overview of the problem and important recommendations to Colombia

The report, entitled Colombia’s Response to Enforced Disappearances, examines Colombia’s efforts to confront the problem of thousands of cases of enforced disappearance through analyzing its work in searching for and identifying victims, including the institutional and procedural mechanisms established for that purpose, the technical processes employed and the work undertaken directly with the victims, as they were at the close of the assessment (March 2008). Further, the report contains a list of precise recommendations that, if implemented, should further enhance different aspects of the search and identification process in Colombia.

One of the many tragic consequences of Colombia’s internal armed conflict has been the enforced disappearance of many thousands of people. In cases…

US Ambassador visits ICMP in Banja Luka

US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Charles L. English visited the DNA Laboratory of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).  He was accompanied in his visit by the Director-General of ICMP, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger.

“I continue to be impressed by the achievements of the ICMP in assisting this country with addressing the issue of missing persons,” said Ambassador English. “With the assistance of ICMP, almost 12,000 persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been recovered and identified, bringing a vital sense of closure to their families”. 

The ICMP DNA laboratory in Banja Luka forms part of ICMP’s laboratory system, which is the largest human identification system in the world.  The system also includes a DNA Laboratory in Sarajevo and an Identification Coordination Division (ICD) in Tuzla. The ICD operates as the central nexus for the coordination of samples, data, and DNA matching for…

Milestone achieved in INTERPOL and ICMP efforts in DNA-assisted identification of Philippines typhoon disaster victims

NBI, INTERPOL and ICMP announcing 122nd DNA-assisted identification INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today announced the 122nd victim identification following Typhoon Frank during which an estimated 1,330 people lost their lives, including 820 passengers and crew from the Princess of the Stars ferry.The Disaster Victim Identification teams in Cebu City, made up of experts from the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), ICMP and INTERPOL and its member countries from around the world, announced 34 new identifications today – all made utilizing the most modern DNA-matching techniques at the ICMP.

The current total of 122 DNA-assisted identifications is more than double the target of 10 per week set by the NBI, INTERPOL and ICMP on August 17 when the first DNA-identified victims were returned to…

EU Enlargement Official Dirk Lange Visits ICMP

Mr. Dirk Lange, Head of Unit for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina within the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement visits ICMP's Identification Coordination Division in Tuzla.Mr. Dirk Lange, Head of Unit for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement visited the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today.

His visit included a tour of ICMP’s Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) where forensic anthropologists and pathologists examine, store and make final identifications of the mortal remains of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica.

Mr. Lange also visited ICMP’s Identification Coordination Center where blood reference samples are collected from relatives of the missing in each country that ICMP operates and all bone samples are received from government authorities in…