ICMP recognizes that the forensic aspects of its work can be relevant to bringing war criminals to justice. Assisting the criminal justice process as it relates to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide is consequently a matter of principle. Without effective criminal justice to end impunity for these most serous of crimes there cannot be lasting peace, nor can such crimes be prevented in the future.
ICMP’s mandate is separate and distinct from the mandate of criminal justice agencies and must be implemented in its own right. ICMP employs operating procedures that protect the implementation of its mandate, in particular by ensuring absolute protection of the privacy of family members. Specifically, ICMP does not make available information entrusted to it by family members without their consent.