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 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.
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…
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…
ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, human rights abuses, disasters and other causes and to assist them in doing so. ICMP also supports the work of other organizations in their efforts, encourages public involvement in its activities and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing.