Monthly Archives: September 2010

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…

Inter-institutional meeting seeks to strengthen the process of search for missing in Colombia

According to the National Network of the Missing, there are 45,248 registered cases of disappearance in Colombia; therefore it is a priority to support the state strategy to strengthen the search and identification process of missing persons in Colombia. For that reason, the National Institute for Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) with support provided by ProFis Project: Support to the peace process in Colombia within the context of the Law on Justice and Peace – an example of transitional justice, executed by GTZ at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, will organize on the 6th, 7th and 8th of September, Advancements in the process of human genetic identification with emphasis on mtDNA.

International experts from Spain, the USA and Austria will participate in this event, sharing their experiences in order to facilitate the…