Archive for septiembre, 2007



Swiss Ambassador visits ICMP Tuzla

martes, septiembre 25th, 2007

Swiss Ambassador H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz visits ICMPTuzla | 25. September 2007
The Government of Switzerland continues to support the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). During his visit to the ICMP center in Tuzla, the Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz, announced that the Swiss Government will be contributing 80.000 Euros in 2008 to the ICMP. This contribution will be used to support the project “Capacity Building for Associations of Families of Missing Persons - Fostering Mutual Understanding”. H. E. Mr. Lenz stressed that his country, respecting the priorities of the Swiss foreign policy, has been engaged for many years in the peace and stabilization process of BiH. Dealing with the past, as well as all transitional justice activities, is of crucial importance in BiH.

ICMP assists governments in the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons through the use of forensic archaeology, anthropology and DNA science. It provides policy assistance to governments in establishing appropriate laws and mechanisms to address the missing persons issue and it supports the development of networks of civil society organizations which advocate for truth, justice, and the rights of family members of missing persons.”

I believe that addressing the horrors of the past is very important for the prospects of the future”, said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, when the funding was announced. “ICMP could not have existed without the political and financial support of generous governments and their openhearted citizens. I should like to thank the Government of Switzerland for their valuable support since 2001″, Bomberger added.

The work of ICMP is also supported by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. The C.S. Mott Foundation provides funding to ICMP for the “Paths to Reconciliation” project.

For further information, please contact Vedran Persic on +387 61 225 239, email: press@ic-mp.org

Swiss Ambassador visits ICMP Tuzla

martes, septiembre 25th, 2007

The Government of Switzerland continues to support the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). During his visit to the ICMP center in Tuzla, the Swiss Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), H. E. Mr. Rolf Lenz, announced that the Swiss Government will be contributing 80.000 Euros in 2008 to the ICMP. This contribution will be used to support the project “Capacity Building for Associations of Families of Missing Persons - Fostering Mutual Understanding”. H. E. Mr. Lenz stressed that his country, respecting the priorities of the Swiss foreign policy, has been engaged for many years in the peace and stabilization process of BiH. Dealing with the past, as well as all transitional justice activities, is of crucial importance in BiH.
ICMP assists governments in the process of locating, recovering and identifying missing persons through the use of forensic archaeology, anthropology and DNA science. It provides policy assistance to governments in establishing appropriate laws and mechanisms to address the missing persons issue and it supports the development of networks of civil society organizations which advocate for truth, justice, and the rights of family members of missing persons.
“I believe that addressing the horrors of the past is very important for the prospects of the future”, said ICMP Director-General Kathryne Bomberger, when the funding was announced. “ICMP could not have existed without the political and financial support of generous governments and their openhearted citizens. I should like to thank the Government of Switzerland for their valuable support since 2001″, Bomberger added.The work of ICMP is also supported by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. The C.S. Mott Foundation provides funding to ICMP for the “Paths to Reconciliation” project.

BiH Justice Minister and Chief Prosecutor Visited ICMP

lunes, septiembre 17th, 2007

Konferencija Novi VinodolskiTuzla | 17. September 2007
The Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barisa Colak, and the Chief Prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marinko Jurcevic, were impressed with the results achieved by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in assisting Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the issue of persons missing as result of armed conflict. Recently, ICMP made its 10,000 DNA match of persons missing from the conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The ICMP system of DNA-led identifications was established in response to the difficulty of locating recovering and identifying persons large numbers of missing persons in a post conflict environment. The use of a DNA-led process is the most accurate method to identify persons from conflict or crimes against humanity.

During the visit to ICMP facilities in Tuzla on Monday, State officials thanked the organization for its participation and contribution to the process. “More than half of the missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been identified and buried. Significant number with the assistance of DNA analysis provided by the ICMP”, said Marinko Jurcevic, BiH Chief Prosecutor. “We are aware that identification techniques used before were not accurate as appliance of DNA in the process, but we have established a mechanism to correct mistake made in past if they arise. It is exclusively the job of the prosecutor in charge to act accordingly.”

“Families of the missing need to know the fate of their missing and we have the responsibility to provide them with that information”, said BiH Minister of Justice, Barisa Colak, and added “justice needs to be served”. “Though the intensified joint activities of all of us, we need to bring peace not only to the families of the missing but for the whole society as well.”

In order to improve and speed up the process of forensic examination of exhumed mortal remains, the Minister of Justice and Chief Prosecutor held a preliminary discussion with ICMP and Tuzla Canton prosecutors and forensic experts. The discussion focused on the initiative to create a forensic institute on state level to help local judicial authorities in war crime investigations.

“Resolving the cases of violations of human rights by providing scientific support in addressing the issue of missing persons will ease the post conflict transition of Bosnia and Herzegovina into a modern European stable society”, said Jeffrey Buenger, ICMP Director of Government Relations.

For further information, please contact Vedran Persic on +387 61 225 239, email: press@ic-mp.org