Monthly Archives: March 2009

Delegation of Colombian Scientists Visits ICMP

A delegation of eight geneticists from three Colombian forensics institutions in ICMP headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A delegation of eight geneticists from three Colombian forensics institutions working on the issue of enforced disappearances visited and received training at the operational centers of the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 8th to 21st March, 2009.

The ICMP operates the world’s largest DNA laboratory system dedicated to the identification of persons missing as a result of armed conflict, violations of human rights or mass disasters.  As such ICMP currently assists Colombia to enhance its capacity to indentify large numbers of missing persons from the…

Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister visits ICMP

ICMP's Cheryl Katmatzyk briefs Mr. Manaj, Mr. Gjetaj and Dr. Gerxhaliu about the work of ICMP's work on reassociating mortal remains from secondary mass graves.Kosovo’s authorities and The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) deepened their cooperation and furthered their determination to resolve the issue of missing persons in Kosovo as Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Rame Manaj visited ICMP’s facilities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  The delegation also included Mr. Prenk Gjetaj, Head of Government Commission on Missing Persons and Dr. Arsim Gerxhaliu, Head of the Office on Missing Persons and Forensics.

The purpose of the visit was to review the technical assistance…

5th Regional Cooperation Meeting on Missing Persons’ Issue held in Sarajevo

A 5th meeting on regional cooperation between governments concerning the issue of persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s was hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the  International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo. 

The meeting included representatives from the Missing Persons Institute of BiH (MPI), the Ministry of Family, Veteran’s Affairs and Inter-generational Solidarity from the Republic of Croatia, the Commission on Missing Persons of the Government of Republic of Serbia, and the BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees. The aim of the meeting was to discuss issues relevant to missing persons from the armed conflicts that occurred between 1991 and 1995, including the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons and planning future regional activities.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Missing Persons Institute of BiH stressed to bilateral partners that the MPI has achieved excellent…