Monthly Archives: October 2008

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…