Monthly Archives: March 2010

ICMP makes 13,000 DNA- led identifications of missing persons from Bosnia-Herzegovina

Work at ICMP Sarajevo lab.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has made a total of 13,000 DNA-assisted identifications of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, by analyzing DNA profiles extracted from bone samples of exhumed mortal remains and matching them to the DNA profiles obtained from blood samples donated by relatives of the missing.

“Using DNA to make accurate identifications is vital not only for bringing a sense of closure to relatives of the missing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it also allows for an accurate accounting of the number of persons who disappeared as a consequence of armed conflict, crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights.  It is hoped that this process will make a vital contribution to truth, reconciliation and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina,”…

Colombia evaluates strategies for addressing cases of enforced disappearance

The Colombian Search Commission for Disappeared Persons (CBPD) has issued a report on the implementation of the central mechanisms established by the state to address the issue of missing persons. This is the first such public report issued by the CBPD. The report aims to increase the transparency on activities implemented to date by the state in order to locate and identify missing persons.