Monthly Archives: June 2009

Family Associations of Missing Persons host Conference on the Challenges of Closing Cases and Commemorating Loved Ones

Conference on the Challenges of Closing Cases and Commemorating Loved Ones The Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves, in cooperation with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held a conference in Sarajevo entitled ‘The Challenges of Identifications and Burials of Mortal Remains of Missing Persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina.’

The conference addressed and reviewed the challenges across Bosnia-Herzegovina of recovering, identifying and closing cases of co-mingled and disarticulated mortal remains recovered from multiple mass graves, and highlighted the impact of this difficult process on the families of the missing. Discussions were held on how best to confront the technical, legal and emotional challenges of closing cases of identified mortal remains recovered from multiple mass grave sites.

The Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and…

Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina Excavates Key Mass Grave Sites in Herzegovina

US ambassador visit to Herzegovina sites-0374 The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina (MPI) continues its key work of finding and excavating mass graves as MPI teams began work on two key sites located in south-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute’s work at the two locations demonstrated its readiness and ability to operate as the state-level institution tasked with dealing with some 17,500 missing persons across the entire territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

INTERPOL and ICMP mark one year anniversary of Philippines ferry disaster

One year after the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars ferry during Typhoon Frank, INTERPOL and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today paid their respects to the victims and their families at a ceremony.

Following the disaster, in which an estimated 800 passengers and crew lost their lives when the ferry capsized, an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT), which included experts from the ICMP, was deployed to Cebu City to assist Philippine authorities in the identification of victims.

The DNA-assisted identification process launched by the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) unit, resulted in nearly 2,500 reference blood samples being collected from family members which assisted in the DNA identification of 449 victims, enabling their remains to be returned to their loved ones.

“INTERPOL was a partner in dealing with this tragedy from the very beginning because disasters like the ferry tragedy cannot be…

Major software donation from Microsoft Corporation helps ICMP upgrade

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is delighted to announce the implementation of a major donation of software from the Microsoft Corporation, with a commercial value of $162,000. This donation will enable ICMP to upgrade its operating systems, thereby improving and continuing its vital work of assisting governments to clarify the fate of missing persons including the use of DNA techniques to assist in the identification of the remains of tens of thousands of people missing from wars, human rights abuses and natural disasters worldwide.

Czech government continues support to ICMP

Czech Republic Euro 2009

The government of the Czech Republic has further demonstrated its commitment to The International Commission on Missing Persons and to reinforcing stability, security and democracy in the Western Balkans by making a further grant to ICMP of 50,000 euros.

This grant comes at a key period for the Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union, and the donation of the funds is in line with its government’s ongoing commitment to ICMP and its activities aimed at promoting justice and reconciliation in the Western Balkans in general and in Bosnia-Herzegovina in particular. Since 2008 the Czech Republic has given more than 70,000 euros to ICMP.

“The operations of The International Commission on Missing Persons are crucial to the ongoing promotion of justice…