Monthly Archives: June 2012

ICMP Organizes Exchange Visit for Women Affected by Enforced Disappearances

The ICMP, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs (MoMAA) and the Martyrs Foundation, organized an exchange visit for mothers, widows and daughters of persons who are believed to be victims of the crime of Enforced Disappearance. The organization brought together 14 women from the Basra province, located in the far south of Iraq with 15 women from the Kurdistan Region to exchange experiences and initiate a dialogue beyond ethnic, religious and regional borders.

“This program the first event of its kind in Iraq,” says Sinje Stoyke, the ICMP’s Civil Society Initiatives Program Coordinator, “and it aims to foster mutual understanding between women who suffered similar tragedies under the former regime and probably would…

ICMP Commissioners – Regional Authorities must Remain Vigilant in Search for Missing

ICMP’s Chairman Ambassador Thomas Miller and Commissioners, including Her Majesty Queen Noor, former Prime Minister Willem Kok and Ambassador Rolf Ekéus met the Chairman of the BiH Presidency Bakir Izetbegović and the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Vjekoslav Bevanda on a two day visit to Sarajevo.

The Commission members discussed regional cooperation with the President of the Commission on Missing Persons from Croatia, Colonel Ivan Grujic and his counterpart from Serbia, Veljko Odalovic, as well as the three directors of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Marko Jurisic, Amor Masovic and Milutin Misic.

The Commissioners…

ICMP Collects Additional Blood Reference Samples from Family Members in Croatia

Blood sample collection teams from the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) finished a three-week blood collection campaign in Croatia today. A total of 187 samples were collected from family members living in 18 Croatian counties whose loved ones went missing during the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990’s. The project was implemented as a joint project by the Office for Missing and Detained Persons of the Ministry of Defenders of Republic of Croatia and with the assistance of the Croatian Red Cross.

ICMP has worked closely with the Office for Missing and Detailed of Republic of Croatia on the issue of missing persons with since 1996. Technical assistance provided included the construction of a DNA laboratory in Zagreb in 2002, and the donation of…