Monthly Archives: July 2012

Iraqi DNA Experts Visit ICMP

A delegation of Iraqi DNA experts visited the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) for a short-term, hands-on training program in the use of DNA to identify persons missing from the regime of Saddam Hussein.

The training in DNA identity testing follows several years of building the capacity of Iraqi authorities to tackle the daunting task of locating and identifying over a quarter of a million missing persons.

Since 2008, ICMP has been cooperating with Iraqi authorities, namely with the Ministry of Human Rights, the Ministry of Health, the Martyrs Foundation, the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs and the Kurdish Regional Government’s…

Over 7,000 Srebrenica Victims have now been recovered

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has assisted Bosnia and Herzegovina in accounting for almost 90% of those reported missing from the 1995 fall Srebrenica. 520 will be buried in the Potocari Memorial Center today.

ICMP estimates that between 8,000 and 8,100 individuals went missing from the 1995 fall of Srebrenica. In an effort to DNA identify these victims, ICMP has collected blood samples from 22,160 family members of 7,773 reported victims and compared them with DNA profiles from post mortem samples excavated from mass graves. Of the 7,040 unique profiles extracted from bone samples, 6,838 persons have now been DNA identified by ICMP.

Thus far, of the 40,000 persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s in the former Yugoslavia, over 70% have been accounted for. ICMP has assisted governments in the region in accurately identifying…