Yearly Archives: 2012

Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian families insist their governments must do more to locate missing persons

ICMP is pleased to distribute the conclusions of a two-day conference hosted by ICMP in Skopje, FYROM/Macedonia, on 20 and 21 November,, entitled “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict.” The conference gathered representatives of family associations of missing persons, government representatives from Belgrade and Pristina, as well as representatives from the international community, including EULEX and ICRC.

Around 40 representatives of family associations of the missing, who represent the leadership of Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serb family associations, participated in drafting the conclusions, which were later adopted by the Kosovo Coordination Council of Associations of Missing Persons, the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Killed Civilians, Soldiers and Policemen in Kosovo and Metohija, and the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons from Kosovo and Metohija, as well as the relevant authorities from Belgrade and Pristina.

Family associations of missing Kosovo Serbs and Kosovo…

ICMP, Amnesty International and TRIAL issue joint recommendations from “No Impunity for Enforced Disappearances” Conference

LogosThe International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), “Amnesty International” and “TRIAL – Track Impunity Always”, publish a set of joint recommendations calling on the Government of Iraq to take decisive steps to tackle and end the practice of enforced disappearance in Iraq.

The recommendations are the direct outcome of a conference ‘No Impunity for Enforced Disappearances’ held by the ICMP in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Rights in Baghdad, 16 and 17 September 2012 (download the report).

With the accession to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons against Enforced Disappearance in 2010, the Government of Iraq is committed to tackle and combat the crime of enforced disappearance. The recommendations may serve as a basis for the relevant government agencies to enhance access to justice, truth and full reparation for victims of enforced disappearance. The document also aims…

Czech Republic Continues Support to ICMP

The Government of the Czech Republic has announced that it will provide further funds for the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through June 2013. On this occasion, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Tomas Szunyog visited ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo where he signed a donation agreement with ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger.

The new donation amounting to 16,000 EUR will be used for ICMP’s activities in the Western Balkans. The Czech Republic has been a valuable supporter of ICMP’s work since 2008 and has provided the organization with about 100,000 EUR since that time.

“It is my pleasure to announce this new donation from the…

Families Agree on Future Steps to Improve Resolving Missing Persons Cases from Kosovo Conflict

ICMP hosted a two day conference entitled, “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The conference gathered together representatives of family associations of missing persons, government representatives from Belgrade and Pristina, as well as representatives from the international community, including EULEX and ICRC.

“The goal of the meeting was to give the families of the missing an opportunity to speak with one voice, across ethnic, national and religious lines, regarding how they feel the issue of the missing should be dealt with,” said Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Director General. During the meeting, the participants took stock of the process of searching for persons missing from Kosovo conflict and discussed efforts to enhance the process of accounting for the over 1,700 persons still missing,” she added.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to an assessment of progress…

ICMP’s Conference on Kosovo Missing Persons Gathers Albanian and Serb Representatives in Skopje

A two day conference organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and titled “The Future of the Missing Persons Process from the Kosovo Conflict” started today in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Representatives of family associations of missing persons as well as government representatives from Serbia and Kosovo are attending, in addition to relevant experts and representatives of the international community.

The goal of the meeting is to take stock of the process of searching for persons missing from Kosovo conflict. The first day of the conference was dedicated to discussions on current situation and the progress…

ICMP and Libyan Government Sign an Agreement on Cooperation Concerning Missing Persons

ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger and the Libyan Minister for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons, Naser Jibril Hamed, signed an agreement on cooperation in Tripoli today to address missing persons cases from the recent conflicts as well as from the 42-year regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

As part of the agreement, ICMP will provide assistance in the creation of a Libyan Identification Center (LIC) as the first, important step in enabling Libya to develop a sustainable process to work on the issue of missing persons. The LIC will allow for the development of a DNA laboratory system, starting with a facility to collect and store biological samples for DNA identity testing and…

William Hague Visits International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

British Foreign Secretary The Right Honourable William Hague MP visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) today during his visit to the region.

Mr. Hague was briefed, by ICMP’s senior staff, about the work of the organization in the region of the Western Balkans and its broader global engagement in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. Discussions were held about the future of the organization, including its international status, headquarters and the critical need of the organization as a global resource. Mr. Hague also asked if ICMP could extend its technical capacity to work on cases of sexual violence committed during conflict.

“Addressing missing persons cases and other atrocities is key to rebuilding war torn…

Regional List of Missing Persons from the Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia to be Created

Following a two-day meeting organized by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) on 15 and 16 October in Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of the BiH Missing Persons Institute, Administration on Detainees and Missing Persons of the Republic of Croatia and the Government Commission on Missing Persons of the Republic of Serbia agreed upon future steps to create a regional list of missing persons.

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also participated in the meeting.

It is estimated that 40,000 persons went missing as a consequence of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Of that number an estimated 30,000 persons went missing in BiH, around 6,500 persons went missing from the Croatia conflict and an estimated 4,500 persons went missing from the Kosovo conflict. Today 70 % of the 40,000 persons who went missing from the regional conflict have been accounted for.

Representatives of government commissions also…

EU Member States' Diplomats Visit ICMP Headquarters

A delegation of 25 members of the European Union’s Working Group for the Western Balkans (COWEB) led by H.E. Ambassador Peter Sørensen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to BiH/European Union Special Representative, visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. The delegation was received by ICMP’s Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, where it was briefed about ICMP’s assistance to the countries of the Western Balkans and to other countries around the world.

The COWEB delegation was informed about ICMP’s efforts to assist the governments in the region of the former Yugoslavia account for persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s where an unprecedented 70% of the 40,000 persons missing have been accounted for. The…

Progress in Addressing Enforced Disappearances in Iraq

ICMP-MHR conference in Iraq On 16 and 17 September, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights held Iraq’s first national conference on the country’s efforts to end enforced disappearances and to provide justice, truth and reparations to victims of this crime.
ICMP and the Ministry brought together representatives of the relevant state agencies including the Ministries of Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Work and Social Affairs, the Council of Ministers, the Martyrs Foundation, the National Center for Human Rights and the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss ensuring that current national legislation and mechanisms are in line with Iraq’s legal obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances. Renowned International legal experts from Amnesty International, the University of Milan, and the Swiss…