Yearly Archives: 2011

The Government of Switzerland continues to support the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

During his visit to ICMP facilities in Tuzla, the Swiss Chargé d’affaires in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lukas Rosenkranz, announced that the Swiss Government will contribute a further 310,000 Swiss Francs (cca. 500.000 KM) to support the ICMP DNA led identification project in the Western Balkans for the period 2011-2012. Since 2001, including this donation Switzerland has assisted ICMP’s programs with more than 1,8 million KM.

Mr. Rosenkranz visited ICMP’s Identification Coordination Division (ICD) where family reference samples collected by ICMP from relatives of the missing and bone samples of victims received from government authorities are processed. After being bar-coded the samples are sent to ICMP laboratories in Sarajevo and Banja Luka for DNA analysis. Once extracted, the DNA profiles from blood and bone are entered into ICMP’s database and compared for possible matches. The delegation also visited the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP), which was specifically created by ICMP to assist…

Call for Proposals 2011 Civil Society Initiatives Program in Iraq

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through its Civil Society Initiatives Program in Iraq announces a call for proposals. The main goal is to support projects of non-governmental organizations which seek to address the issue of enforced disappearances and fulfill the rights of the family members of missing persons.

Project proposals (please find the project proposal format on should be submitted together with accompanying documents by January 15th, 2012 to


اللجنة الدولية لشؤون المفقودين (ICMP) من خلال برنامجها برنامج مبادرات المجتمع المدني في العراق تعلن عن دعوتها لتقديم المقترحات. الهدف الرئيسي لهذا البرنامج هو لدعم مشاريع المنظمات غير الحكومية التي تبحث في مجال معالجة قضية الاختفاء القسري و وأتمام حقوق عوائل الاشخاص المفقودين.

اخر موعد لتقديم مقترحات المشاريع هو 15 من شهر كانون الثاني 2012

المقترحات بالنسبة للمنح قصيرة الامد يجب ان ترسل قبل شهر على الاقل قبل بداية الفعاليات و وسوف…

Two-Thirds of the Missing Accounted For

Representatives of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the BiH Missing Persons Institute, the Government Commission on Detainees and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia and the Government Commission on Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia met on 8th and 9th December in Bosnia and Herzegovina to discuss how to address the remaining missing persons cases from the conflicts of the 1990’s.

The participants discussed the fact that almost 70 % of the 40,000 persons who were originally missing from the armed conflicts of the 1990’s have been accounted for and acknowledged the fact that the remaining missing persons cases will be increasingly difficult to locate, as additional information regarding their location is diminishing. In addition, the governments in the region discussed the need to deal with a complex set of technical issues regarding…

Extension of project proposal submission deadline

ICMP would like to notify family associations of missing persons that the deadline for submission of their project proposals has been extended to 31 December 2011.

ICMP njofton shoqatat familjare për persona të zhdukur se afati për dorëzimin e projekt propozimeve është shtyer deri më 31.12.2011.

Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) complete a study tour of ICMP

During the past five days the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized a study tour for a group of 15 members of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia.

During the visit, YIHR activists learned about the work of ICMP’s political unit, the justice and civil society initiatives department, ICMP’s assistance in terms of forensic anthropology and archaeology, the work of ICMP’s DNA identification systems and ICMP’s role in the Western Balkans and globally.

YIHR activists also met with the Missing Persons Institute Board of Directors, Mr. Amor Masovic, Mr. Marko Jurisic and Mr. Milutin Misic, who briefed YIHR about MPI’s activities, the BiH Law on Missing Persons and the problems MPI is facing. Three of the…

EULEX Delegation Visits ICMP HQ in Sarajevo to Discuss Agreement on Missing Persons Process in Kosovo

A delegation from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), including, Silvio Bonfigli, EULEX Head of the Justice Component and Alan Robinson, Co-Head of the Department for Forensic Medicine (DFM) visited the offices of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) from 10-11 November, where they met with ICMP Director General, Kathryne Bomberger and came to an agreement regarding measures to address difficult cases of persons missing from the Kosovo conflict.

“Our two organizations have worked successfully over the years and as a consequence 2,370 persons have been located and accurately identified….

German government continues funding ICMP’s identification activities

Germany has announced that it will provide a grant of 200,000 Euros for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) in 2011. On behalf of the German Government, the Ambassador to BIH Ulrike Knotz today signed a grant agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger at ICMP’s HQ in Sarajevo.

The grant will support ICMP’s Forensic Sciences Program and is a continuation of the German Government’s support to ICMP’s DNA-led identification efforts. Germany has supported ICMP’s operations in the Western Balkans, Iraq and Colombia since year 2001 with direct contributions totaling 3.9 Million EUR as well as contributions to ICMP via grants from the European Union.

“We are pleased to continue…

Montenegrin Scientists Trained by ICMP

A group of four Montenegrin scientists from the Forensic Center Police Directorate of Montenegro today completed a six day training course organized and implemented by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla. The training was a part of a larger project called ‘Strengthening the Capacities of the Montenegrin Police Administration’, funded by the European Union’s IPA Twinning Project, and was aimed at improving Montenegrin forensic capabilities.

ICMP experts provided the group of Montenegrin scientists with theoretical and practical training in bone sampling, processing, extraction, kinship statistics and reporting. The scientists were also provided with introductory training in using the DNA•VIEW computer software and will be provided an on-site training in Montenegro.

“In addition to ICMP’s scientific work which we immensely respect, it is admirable how ICMP managed to completely overcome all the divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and jointly, with people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, humanely assist…

ICMP urges Libyan authorities to design mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons in accordance with international human rights and rule of law norms

In light of recent developments in Libya, the International Commission on Missing Persons calls on Libyan authorities to design mechanisms to address the issue of missing persons in accordance with international norms. Accordingly, ICMP notes that the state has the obligation to document cases of enforced disappearance, recover and identify mortal remains, and return them to families for a dignified burial.

Considering States’ obligations stemming from principles embraced by instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Charter of the United Nations, International Covenants and other instruments safeguarding the dignity and human rights of all persons, ICMP urges the immediate creation of institutions to address the missing persons issue in Libya.

Numerous persons have been reported as missing since the start of the uprising in February 2011. In addition, there are reports of missing persons from…