Monthly Archives: September 2012

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…

ICMP to Assist in Identification of Missing Children from El Salvador

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will work together with the Human Rights Center (HRC) at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the Salvadorian non-governmental organization Pro-Búsqueda de Niñas y Niños Desaparecidos (ProSearch of Missing Children) of El Salvador to provide assistance with DNA testing, kinship analysis and database design for the identification of missing children from El Salvador.

During the conflict in El Salvador between 1980 and 1992, an estimated 8,000 people went missing, according to unofficial sources. A significant number of those individuals were children, many thought to still be alive, who were adopted by families both in El Salvador as well as in the US and Europe, often through irregular adoption procedures. Several organizations have been created to address the problem of missing persons in El Salvador, including Pro-Búsqueda, which was created in 1994, whose mission it is to search for children who…