Archive for August, 2009



Address by Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director-General, at the Commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared

Monday, August 31st, 2009

ICMP Director General delivers her speech during a special session of the Joint Commission for Human Rights, Rights of Children, Youth, Immigration, Refugees, Asylum, and Ethics“We are gathered here today to commemorate those persons who are missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights from around the world.  We are here to remember those persons who have been effectively deleted because they belonged to the wrong nationality, religion, race, class, gender or political group.

We are also gathered here today to pay our respects and to show compassion to the families of the missing and disappeared.  Their pain and suffering is increased by the lingering uncertainty regarding the fate of a loved one. The United Nations and the European Court for Human Rights have classified this continual suffering as a form of mental torture. (more…)

Regional campaign launched to commemorate International Day of the Disappeared

Friday, August 28th, 2009
International Day of the Disappeared

The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina will mark the International Day of the Disappeared by organizing a special parliamentary session on 31st August to commemorate the day and to push for the implementation of the Law on Missing Persons and the establishment of a fund for families of the missing. The session will be the highlight of a series of events held across the country and the region, aimed at building public awareness of the universal nature of the problem of missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo. (more…)

ICMP welcomes the adoption of CONPES 3590

Friday, August 21st, 2009

On 5 August 2009 the Colombian Government presented the document CONPES 3590.  The document, adopted in June by the National Council for Economic and Social Policy, strengthens and consolidates the process of searching for and identifying of victims of enforced disappearance. (more…)