Monthly Archives: February 2012

Her Majesty Queen Noor Speaks at US Congressional Hearing on Missing Persons

H.M. Queen Noor, a Commissioner of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), addressed the U.S. Helsinki Committee in Washington yesterday at a hearing on responses to the issue of missing persons in the countries of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

ICMP estimates that worldwide there are over 1 million persons missing from war, violations of human rights, human trafficking and drug related violence, as well as approximately 150,000 persons who go missing from natural disasters on an annual basis. Despite the scale of the problem Queen Noor stressed that the issue of missing persons remains a silent one.

“When people go missing, particularly those who disappear as a consequence of violent crimes perpetrated by state authorities or others acting on their…

Sweden and ICMP sign donation agreement

The Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Bosse Hedberg and ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger signed a donation agreement in ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo today. The donation was previously announced during the recent visit of the Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Johan Borgstam and the Swedish Ambassador to ICMP.

The Swedish donation in the amount of 15,000,000 Swedish Kronor (1,7 million EUR) is aimed at supporting ICMP’s assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in…

ICMP and KRG Ministry Hold Conference on Iraqi National Legislation on Reparations

The International Commission Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Erbil, Iraq, held a conference on Iraqi compensation laws entitled “For a Life worth Living” on 5 February 2012 in Erbil, Iraq.

The conference brought together representatives of the government in Baghdad and their counterparts in the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss and improve national legislation on reparations in Iraq. High ranking representatives from the Iraqi Parliament, the Martyrs Foundation and the Council of Ministers attended the conference. The event also brought together representatives of civil society organizations tasked with protecting the rights of survivors and strengthening their voices. The conference aimed to…

Sweden announces continued support to ICMP

Sweden will continue to fund the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in the years 2012 and 2013 through a grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). This announcement was made during today’s visit of the Director-General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Johan Borgstam and the Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Bosse Hedberg to ICMP’s headquarters in Sarajevo.

ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger met with Director-General Borgstam and Ambassador Hedberg to discuss ICMP’s current activities in the Western Balkans and the other parts of the world where ICMP operates. The delegation also toured ICMP’s main laboratory in Sarajevo where ICMP conducts the DNA extraction and genetic profiling of samples of mortal remains and…