Monthly Archives: August 2009

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

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…

Regional campaign launched to commemorate International Day of the Disappeared

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.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), along with the Missing Persons Institute (MPI) of Bosnia and Herzegovina and…

ICMP welcomes the adoption of CONPES 3590

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.

“The International Commission on Missing Persons welcomes CONPES 3590 as an encouraging step forward for Colombia’s victims of enforced disappearance,” said Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General of ICMP.  “This much needed document underlines priority activities in the search and identification process and dedicates funding for their implementation.  In addition, it will ensure that key institutions such as the Colombian Search Commission and the State Attorney’s Office are strengthened and it supports the enhancement of underlying forensic processes,” she added.

The Colombian Central Register of Disappeared Persons currently contains over 31,000 confirmed cases of disappearances in the country. The government, via the CONPES 3590 document allocates some 55 million USD (111.444 million COP)…

Colonel Palic

ICMP extends its condolences to Mrs. Esma Palic and to the relatives and many friends of Colonel Avdo Palic who have suffered for so long as a consequence of not knowing his fate and whereabouts. We also continue to extend our support to all those who are searching for persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s in the regions of the former Yugoslavia.

Considering the many requests that ICMP has received for more information and with the consent of Mrs. Palic we would like to provide the following review of the case history.

In November 2001, just when the ICMP DNA Laboratory system went on line, ICMP received thousands of samples from around the country for testing. The court-appointed forensic pathologist from Sarajevo gave ICMP a full freezer containing hundreds of bone samples that had been collected between 1996 and 2001 from various sites in his…