Yearly Archives: 2013

William Hague Appoints Alistair Burt MP as ICMP’s British Commissioner

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP as an ICMP Commissioner. Mr. Burt is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Bedfordshire and was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, until October this year.

In a letter to ICMP nominating Mr. Burt, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State, William Hague, said: “Your organization is carrying out important work to address some of the key challenges posed by armed conflicts and natural disasters. The support your organization provides to the families of missing persons and the various institutions which search for truth is commendable and…

Czech Republic Continues Funding ICMP

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina announced today that the Czech Republic will continue to support the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) through June 2014.

H.E. Ambassador Tomas Szunyog made the announcement during a signing ceremony of the donation agreement with the ICMP Director General, Kathryne Bomberger, at the ICMP headquarters. The donation of 12,700 EUR will be used to support ICMP’s programs in the Western Balkans. The Czech Republic has donated 110,000 Euro to ICMP since 2008.

“ICMP is the only specialized international organization that addresses the issue of missing persons in all its facets through the use of scientific and law based mechanisms. In the context of the Western Balkans, it has assisted the countries in the region…

Delegation of “Remembering Srebrenica” Project visit ICMP

A group of religious leaders from the United Kingdom led by former BBC news correspondent Martin Bell OBE, and the Chairman of the “Remembering Srebrenica” Project, Dr. Waqar Azmi paid a visit to the headquarters and identification facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla on Monday and Tuesday, as part of their visit to BiH.

In addition to Mr. Bell, the delegation included the Imam Qari Mohammed Asim MBE, Imam at Leeds Makkah Masjid, Elinor Chohan, Trustee of Altrincham Muslim Association, Imam Asim Hafiz, Islamic advisor for the Ministry of Defence, Revd. Dr. Toby Howarth, Secretary for Inter…

ICMP Joins INTERPOL Assessment Team in the Philippines

ICMP is part of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) which has deployed to the Philippines in order to assess Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) requirements after Typhoon Haiyan hit that island more than a week ago leaving thousands of people displaced, dead and missing.

In addition to ICMP the team includes specialists from INTERPOL, DVI and DNA experts from Canada and South Africa. As part of the assessment mission, the IRT will meet the Philippine authorities and make recommendations for the recovery and identification of victims, as well as coordinate national and international DVI efforts.

ICMP and INTERPOL have worked together in the past in the Philippines. In 2008, after Typhoon Frank struck, over 1,000 people were unaccounted for. Five years later, Typhoon…

ICMP's Video on the International Conference

ICMP’s International Conference “The Missing: An Agenda for the Future” in The Hague provided a venue for over 200 delegates from around the world to explore how the issue of the missing will be addressed in the future, including global initiatives to locate missing persons for all involuntary reasons.

Please watch this conference video that emphasizes the key ideas and messages from the event.

ICMP Calls on International Community to Recognize Missing Persons as Global Problem

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) ended its conference today at the Peace Palace in the City of The Hague. Over the period of three days the delegates discussed the issue of missing persons from all causes, including, war, human rights violations, disasters, human trafficking, drug related violence, migration or other causes.

As Ambassador Tom Miller, Chairman of the ICMP, noted during the conference, “The issue of missing persons is as old as mankind itself. Yet there is virtually no understanding of the global dimension or the true scale of the problem. There are no guidelines regarding the responsibility of states to address this problem in all its facets. There are no universal standards, or…

Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans Calls for ICMP to be given a legal status under International Law

Concluding a conference hosted by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Frans Timmermans stated, “I am calling for ICMP to be transformed into a modern small and flexible organization established with formal legal status under International Law that allows it to operate worldwide.” He went on to say “I call upon national governments to support our efforts to make it easier for this organization to operate around the world”.

In his speech, Mr. Timmermans noted the successful 17-year history of the organization whose work includes assisting governments in searching for missing persons from…

Cases of missing persons around the globe discussed at ICMP’s Conference

A conference hosted by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) started yesterday in the City of The Hague at the Peace Palace. It is the first conference to address the issue of missing persons, regardless of whether they are missing from war, human rights violations, disasters, human trafficking, drug related violence, migration or other causes.

The first panel was dedicated to the issue of persons missing from conflicts and human rights abuses around the globe and was opened by the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice Mr. David Tolbert. Professor Eric Stover from the University of California spoke about enhancing international…

ICMP Hosts Conference “Missing Persons: An Agenda for the Future”

A three-day conference hosted by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) will open tomorrow in the City of The Hague at the Peace Palace. It is the first conference to address the issue of missing persons, regardless of whether they are missing from war, human rights violations, disasters, human trafficking, drug related violence, migration or other causes.

According to estimates there are millions of persons missing today around the world from conflict and human rights abuses and thousands more go missing every year from human trafficking, drug related violence and migration. The issue of missing persons is as old as mankind and yet there is virtually no common understanding of the global dimension or scale of the problem.

The conference “The Missing: An Agenda for the Future” will gather experts, including policy makers, government officials, academics, scientists, medical professionals, diplomats, as…

ICMP Partners with INTERPOL to Provide Assistance to Kenya in the Aftermath of Shopping Center Shooting Incident

ICMP has launched efforts to assist Kenya in the aftermath of the attack the Westgate Shopping Mall, Nairobi. The assistance comes following an invitation from INTERPOL and is a part of ICMP’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) efforts.

ICMP is currently in the field in Nairobi providing guidance to local authorities and international teams in the collection of biological reference samples and proper sampling of postmortem samples from victim remains.

ICMP will be providing assistance in identification efforts of the most challenging cases. Previously, Kenyan authorities have successfully completed the identification of complete and intact mortal remains.

“In these difficult days for Kenya we mourn the victims of this heinous attack. ICMP is already making every effort to swiftly provide assistance to Kenyan authorities so that the unidentified victims are scientifically accounted for and returned to their families. Attacks like this require a robust and coordinated international response and ICMP is pleased to…