Archive for February, 2011

Charge d’ Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to BiH visits ICMP

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
The Chargé d' Affaires of the EU Delegation to BiH, Boris Iarochevitch, during his tour of ICMP's Sarajevo lab.

The Chargé d’ Affaires of the EU Delegation to BiH, Boris Iarochevitch visited ICMP’s headquarters and the DNA laboratory in Sarajevo as well as the Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) and ICMP’s Identification Coordination Center (ICD) in Tuzla today.

Following the conclusion of his visit Mr. Iarochevitch stated, “I am very impressed with the work that ICMP has accomplished so far. It has provided a level of accuracy in accounting for missing persons that has never before been available to governments confronted with large numbers of missing persons from armed conflict. ICMP’s work has not only contributed to ensuring transparency and accountability in the search for the missing, but also guaranteeing that Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the Missing Persons Institute, searches for missing persons regardless of their origin. I would like to reiterate in this regard, that the process in this country is conducted in a non-discriminatory manner. For these reasons, the European Union is proud to support ICMP’s work,” said Mr. Iarochevitch.

“ICMP is extremely grateful for the continued generous support of the European Union to our work. This year’s contribution of EUR 1.2 million will be used to support ICMP’s technical assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This contribution is an important investment to ensure peace, stability and reconciliation in BiH and the region,” said ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger.

The European Union has since 2004 supported the work of ICMP with over EUR 3 million and a further EUR 2 million has been foreseen for ICMP under the EU 2010 Instrument for Pre-accession for BiH.

ICMP Meets with Iraq Minister for Human Rights to Discuss Future of Missing Persons Process

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Minister of Human Rights, H.E. Mohammed S. Al-Sudaney and the Director of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Ms. Kathryne Bomberger, met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss enhancing their cooperation in locating, recovering and identifying persons missing as a result of the regime of Saddam Hussein and decades of external and internal conflicts.

“It is estimated that between 250,000 to 1 million persons are missing in Iraq,” said Minster Al-Sudaney. “It is important for the future of Iraq that we engage in a sustainable effort to address this issue. Millions of Iraqis has been affected by decades of abuse and we must work on their behalf to find their missing relatives,” he added. “The ICMP has had tremendous success in helping other governments in the world address this issue and we look forward to enhancing our cooperation with them.” (more…)

ICMP Launches Missing Persons Online Inquiry Center

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger addresses the media during hte presentation of ICMP Online Inquiry Center at ICMP Headquarters

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) announced the launch of its interactive online missing persons search tool called the “ICMP Online Inquiry Center” today at its Headquarters. The ICMP Online Inquiry Center will allow families of the missing and others to track missing persons cases through three different search engines, including the “Missing Persons Inquiry,” the “Postmortem Sample Inquiry,” and the “Excavation Site Inquiry.” (more…)