Yearly Archives: 2010

ICMP Briefs Bosnia’s War Crimes Prosecutors

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) provided a special, in-depth presentation of its work to a high-level delegation of over 50 national and International Prosecutors and staff members from the Prosecutors’ Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina today.

Given that the state-level Prosecutor’s office is taking over the jurisdiction from local authorities in the process of exhumations next year, the objective of the ICMP seminar was to provide staff from the War Crimes Department with an overview of the technical assistance that ICMP provides to governments in locating, recovering and identifying the mortal remains of persons missing from armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights, as well as an overview of the work of the Missing Persons Institute (MPI). Given that ICMP assistance is also relevant to criminal prosecutions, it is also important that prosecutors understand the scope of ICMP’s work and the type of assistance…

Iraqi Experts Visit ICMP to Explore use of DNA-based Identifications of Missing Persons

Iraqi delegation during a working meeting in ICMP's HQ in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A delegation of six Iraqi experts engaged in efforts to address the issue of missing persons from the regime of Saddam Hussein, as well as armed conflicts, visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at its headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of the visit was to explore ways to implement a DNA-led identification project that would adhere to best practice and proper rule of law procedures.

The meeting brought together experts from the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, the Medico Legal Institute of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Ministry of Human Rights and the Medico Legal Institute in Baghdad. The participants…

Regional Conference on Promoting a Holistic Approach to Memorials and Remembrance

Regional Conference on Promoting a Holistic Approach to Memorials and Remembrance

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BIH) in partnership with the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees and the Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a Regional conference on promoting a holistic approach to Memorials and Remembrance in Sarajevo from 9th to 10th December 2010.

The conference was aimed at initiating a process of dialogue between governments and civil society on models of commemoration and remembrance regarding atrocities that took place during the conflicts in the regions of the Western Balkans during the 1990’s. The conference focused on how to commemorate the thousands of victims of such…

6th Regional Cooperation Meeting on Missing Persons’ Issue

Press Conference following the 6th Regional Cooperation Meeting on Missing Persons’ Issue

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized today in Sarajevo the 6th meeting on Regional Cooperation between governments on the issue of persons missing from the 1990′s armed conflicts.

The meeting held today focused on the 1991- 1995 conflicts and included representatives of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI), the Ministry of Family, Veteran’s Affairs and Inter-generational Solidarity of the Republic of Croatia, the Commission on Missing Persons of the Government of Republic of Serbia and the Commission on Missing Persons of Montenegro.

ICMP Assists South African Authorities to Identify Missing Persons

During the special ceremony of mortal remains handover

The Missing Persons Task Team of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) have successfully collaborated in resolving cases of political disappearances from the period 1960 to 1994.

As a consequence of their joint efforts, several long-pending cases were resolved, including the identification of three members of the African National Congress (ANC) who disappeared in 1983, a Soweto Student Congress Member who was killed with two fellow activists in Soweto 1989, an Alexandra Township activist who was killed in 1986 and a man killed in 1982 during armed raids in Maseru, Lesotho. ICMP was also able to exclude the possibility that one man who disappeared in Pretoria in 1976 during a…

USA a strong supporter of ICMP

US Abassador Patrick Moon was briefed on ICMP's work.

The USA Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Patrick S. Moon visited the international headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today.
Accompanied by ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, H.E. Ambassador Moon received briefings on ICMP’s assistance to governments worldwide, and toured the organizations’ main laboratory where ICMP performs DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples from mortal remains and of blood samples from surviving relatives.

“The United States of America is a strong supporter of ICMP’s work, not only in the Western Balkans, but in Iraq as well. It is through ICMP’s efforts, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that two-thirds of those missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s have been accounted…

Principal Deputy High Representative Moore visits ICMP

Principal Deputy High Representative Moore briefed in the Podrinje Idenitification Project (PIP)

Principal Deputy High Representative H.E. Ambassador Roderick Moore visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facilities in Tuzla today. In his first visit to ICMP, the PDHR toured ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division (ICD) and the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP).

Accompanied by ICMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Adam Boys, the PDHR first visited PIP, which was specifically created to assist in the identification of persons missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica, and where mortal remains of these victims are examined and stored until final identification. The PDHR saw first-hand how ICMP forensic experts conduct ante-mortem and post-mortem data comparisons, and assist domestic authorities in making a final determination of…

The French Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina visits ICMP

During a visit to the facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla today, the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Roland Gilles praised ICMP’s work, especially the technical assistance that ICMP is providing to governments.

The ambassador visited ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division (ICD), which forms part of ICMP’s DNA Laboratory system and which extends from Sarajevo to Banja Luka.  The ICMP ICD works on cases of missing persons from around the world.  It is the nexus of the ICMP DNA system and as such is responsible for receiving, archiving and preparing biological samples obtained from families of the missing and post mortem samples received from government authorities.  After being bar coded these samples are sent to ICMP laboratories in Sarajevo and Banja Luka. Once the DNA is extracted, the DNA profiles are entered into ICMP’s database and the DNA matching…

Microsoft continues to support ICMP

Microsoft announced the donation of software to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at a press conference held in ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo today. The commercial value of Microsoft software donation is 224,938 US dollars.

The software will enable ICMP to improve its operational systems and to continue its vital work in assisting governments to address the issue of missing persons, including the provision of DNA analysis to assist in the identification of persons missing from armed conflict, violations of human rights, or persons missing from natural disasters.

ICMP’s Director General, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger stated, “ICMP’s complex DNA identification laboratory system requires reliable software and Microsoft, which is one of the global leaders in the field, has provided us with an extremely valuable tool for our work. We are grateful to Microsoft for recognizing the importance of our assistance to governments around the world in resolving the fate of missing…

Germany remains a strong supporter of ICMP

Signing of a donation agreement between ICMP and the Government of Germany in ICMP HQ in Sarajevo.

The German Government has announced that it will provide funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for the year 2010. The donation amounting to 300,000 Euros will support ICMP’s DNA-based identification program in the Western Balkans, which has already helped in accurately identifying 15,682 persons missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990′s.

On this occasion, the German Embassy chargée d’affaires ad interim Christiana Markert and ICMP Director General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger signed a donation agreement in ICMP’s international headquarters in Sarajevo.

“Germany is a strong supporter of ICMP’s work, not only in the Western Balkans, but in…