Archive for December, 2006

MPI Steering Board Members Nominated by Council of Ministers

Friday, December 29th, 2006

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) welcomes the decision by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina to nominate members to the Steering Board of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI).With the Steering and Supervisory Boards in place, the MPI will become operational. Beginning in 2007, the MPI will be the sole BiH institution tasked with accounting for the approximately 13,000 persons still missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MPI will search for the missing regardless of their national, ethnic or religious origin.

“This is very good news from the Council of Ministers. In addition to the operational activities of MPI next year, the focus will be on establishing and verifying the Central Record of the Missing. The Central Records will improve the process of collecting data and provide verifiable information on numbers of missing persons”, said Kathryne Bomberger, the ICMP General Director. She added that ICMP will continue to assist in excavations and identifications of missing persons through its support to MPI.

Part of ICMP’s technical assistance to BiH includes the use of DNA to identify persons who are missing from the conflict and whose mortal remains have been found in mass or illicit grave sites. To date ICMP has made over 9,000 DNA assisted identifications of missing persons in BiH.

“The issue of missing persons remains one of the biggest human rights issues facing BiH today and long-term sustainable institutions such as MPI and the Law on Missing Persons are absolutely necessary so that BiH can meet its obligations to its citizens, especially those most traumatized by the war and so that these victims can also access rights that they have long been denied”, said Bomberger.

Regional Cooperation on the File of the Missing

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized the second meeting on regional cooperation on missing persons between representatives of the governments from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia. The meeting provided a forum for multilateral discussions and an exchange of information regarding a variety of issues including recovery and identification operations, funding issues and support to family associations representing missing persons from the conflicts. (more…)

Family Associations of Missing Demand Functioning of MPI Before End of Year

Friday, December 8th, 2006

At a meeting today chaired by the BiH Council of Ministers, Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) joined the family associations of missing persons and the acting Directors of the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI) in making an urgent appeal to the Council of Ministers to appoint the Steering and Supervisory Boards of the MPI at the next government session, thus ensuring that the MPI would be functional before the end of this year. (more…)