Monthly Archives: October 2013

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…