Monthly Archives: February 2014

ICMP and Libya Agree to Expand Cooperation during Minister’s Visit

The Libyan Minister for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons (MAFMM) H.E. Mr. Ali Gadur and ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger agreed to expand cooperation in the process of locating and identifying missing persons in Libya. This agreement was reached during Mr. Gadur’s five day visit to ICMP. The delegation also included the Libyan Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Abdullah Aburziza and other representatives.

The Libyan Minister agreed that technical assistance and training from ICMP needs to be expanded to include representatives from other Libyan Ministries and institutions whose work is essential to the missing persons process, including the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior. ICMP will assist Libya in enhancing…

Delegation of Scottish Dignitaries visit the International Commission on Missing Persons

A group of Scottish dignitaries led by Mr. Angus Robertson MP paid a two-day visit to the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). This was the third visit to ICMP organized by Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, the Chairman of the charitable initiative “Remembering Srebrenica”. The initiative seeks to encourage British opinion-makers to reflect on the lessons that may be learned from the conflict in Bosnia with the aim of preventing such things from happening elsewhere.

In addition to Mr. Robertson, the delegation included the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Ann McKechin MP the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Sgt. David Hamilton of the Scottish…

ICMP Iraq News Update: The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan visits ICMP Office in Erbil

The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Kurdistan visited the ICMP office in Iraq to discuss a range of issues on their way to Halabja. The group was led by The Right Honourable Alistair Burt MP for North East Bedfordshire, the ICMP’s new commissioner, who has a special interest in the Middle East. Other members of the group included Mr Johnathon Woodcock MP for Barrow in Furness, Lord Maurice Glasman (Baron Glasman) and Ms Emma Grubb, the senior advisor to Nadhim Zahawi, the UK’s first Kurdish-born MP.), as well…

Libyan Delegation Completes Two-Week Training Course at ICMP

A delegation of seven staff members from the Libyan Ministry for the Affairs of Families of Martyrs and of Missing Persons (MAFMM) successfully completed a two-week training course at ICMP’s facilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The delegation consisted of technical staff working on missing persons cases, including, among others, the Head of DNA Lab at MAFMM Technical department, Head of Data entry unit at the MAFMM Technical department and Head of Reference Sample Collection Unit at MAFMM.

The members of the delegation were introduced to procedures employed by ICMP in collection of reference samples from family members of the missing, as well as archiving procedures and sample anonymization through a bar-code tracking process. Furthermore, ICMP’s experts demonstrated…