Monthly Archives: September 2009

EU delegation visits ICMP forensic facilities

H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina giving statements to press

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) hosted a visit to its facilities in Tuzla by a high-level delegation of EU Ambassadors, diplomatic staff, military and police officers led by H.E Bosse Hedberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sweden currently holds the presidency of the European Union and is also a major donor to ICMP.
The delegation included Ambassadors, other senior diplomats, military and police officers from EU countries, the European Commission, EUFOR and the European Union Police Mission. The delegation visited ICMP’s three forensic facilities in Tuzla, the Podrinje Identification Project, the Lukavac Reassociation Centre and the Identification Coordination Division (ICD). ICMP constructed the first two projects specifically to assist in the identification of victims of the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, while ICD…

ICMP makes highest number of DNA-assisted identifications in the world

Staff in ICMP Sarajevo Lab

The DNA laboratory system of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has made a total of more than 16,400 DNA matches during its work assisting governments worldwide in dealing with the issue of persons missing from armed conflicts, human rights violations and natural disasters. This is the largest number of DNA-assisted identifications ever made, and is more than four times the total made by the world’s other main DNA laboratories combined.

“The work done by the ICMP is, without doubt, the single most important achievement within the field of human identification with DNA. The work, speed and quality is impressive. The ICMP has committed itself to assisting in catastrophes and human rights cases worldwide, and we are all thankful for the assistance that the ICMP…

Ambassador Carolina Barco becomes new ICMP Commissioner

Carolina_BarcoThe International Commission on Missing Persons warmly welcomes Ms. Carolina Barco Isakson, current Ambassador of Colombia to the USA and former Foreign Minister of Colombia, as the new ICMP Commissioner. Ambassador Barco becomes the sixth of ICMP’s  Commissioners, joining Her Majesty Queen Noor, the Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, Willem Kok, Ambassador Rolf Ekeus and James V. Kimsey. ICMP Commissioners advocate for the resolution of the issue of enforced disappearance and represent ICMP at the highest diplomatic and governmental levels worldwide.

“We are delighted to have Ambassador Carolina Barco become an ICMP Commissioner,” said Chairman James V.Kimsey. “As ICMP extends its support to countries in Latin America and Colombia specifically, we are extremely pleased to have someone of Carolina Barco’s caliber representing the goals and values…

ICMP hands over Chairmanship of The Expert Group to The Missing Persons Institute

DSC_1142-2 The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has handed over the chairmanship of the Expert Group on Exhumations and Missing Persons to the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Under the leadership of MPI, the new Expert Group is expected to enhance the process of searching for the remaining 8,000 to 10,000 missing persons of the 30,000 originally missing.

The handover took place at MPI’s Sarajevo headquarters in a ceremony whose participants included the new members of the Expert Group: representatives from the State and Entity Prosecutors’, SIPA, OSA, BH MAC, State and Entity Ministries, BiH Ministry of Justice, BiH Ministry of Defense, Federal Ministry of Interior as well as court appointed forensic specialists. International organizations such as the ICRC, ICTY and ICMP will remain…