Missing Persons from the 1990s Conflicts in Bosnia to be Buried on Sunday in Prijedor

Family members in Krajina Identification Project (Sejkovaca mortuary)
Family members in Krajina Identification Project (Sejkovaca mortuary)

The mortal remains of 284 people from Prijedor and the surrounding area will be laid to rest during a joint commemorative event in Kozarac, Prijedor, on Sunday. The victims, who went missing during the conflicts of the 1990s relevant to Bosnia and Herzegovina, were recovered and identified with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). It is estimated that over 6,000 persons went missing from the Krajina region (about 20 municipalities in Northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina), primarily during 1992 and about 1,700 are still missing.

Thousands of family members and friends paid their respects today to 175 newly identified victims

Family members gathered at Srebrenica memorial cemetery.
Family members gathered at Srebrenica memorial cemetery.

Thousands of family members and friends paid their respects today to 175 newly identified victims of the 1995 Fall of Srebrenica, the only recognized genocide on European soil since WWII. Almost 7,000 persons out of around 8,100 missing from July 1995 have been scientifically identified with ICMP’s assistance.

„ICMP today feels the pain of the families who are burying their loved ones in Potocari. Over the years ICMP has sought to help families of the missing and local Bosnian institutions, including the Missing Persons Institute, the BiH Prosecutor’s Office and Court and other local agencies, in the extremely difficult task of locating and identifying missing persons from the conflicts of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia,” said ICMP Director General Kathryne Bomberger. „We hope to continue to assist in locating the approximately 9,000 persons still missing from the BIH conflict, including the 1,000 persons still missing from Srebrenica.“

ICMP Welcomes the Adoption for Preconditions to Establish a Legal and Forensic Medicine Institute in FBIH

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) applauds the adoption of necessary preconditions for the establishment of an Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) at yesterday’s session of the House of Representatives (HoR) of the FBIH Parliament. The House of Representatives delegates yesterday adopted amendments to the Law on Ministries of the FBiH and Governing Bodies of FBiH in an abbreviated procedure concerning the establishment of the FBIH Institute for the Legal and Forensic Medicine.

“By adopting amendments to the law at its next session, the FBiH House of Peoples will effectively establish the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine. It will be an independent and professional institution that will help safeguard the integrity of forensic analysis and evidence, as well as ensure education, standardization and quality assurance of court medicine experts,” said Klaudia Kuljuh, Chief of Office of the ICMP Western…

ICMP Conference Report, The Missing: An Agenda for the Future Published

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) issued a comprehensive Report from its conference on the issue of missing persons “The Missing: An Agenda for the Future”. The report provides an overview of the issue of missing persons globally and highlights recommendations made by the conference delegates.

The ICMP conference was the first of its kind and it gathered together more than 200 prominent policymakers, human rights activist, scientists, academia, journalists, representatives of victim and survivor groups from Libya, Mexico, Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America, Syria, Croatia, Iraq, Serbia and other countries to discuss missing persons cases from all causes.

ICMP calls on Nigerian authorities to step up the search for missing girls

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) expresses its deep concern over the fact that more than three weeks have passed since 276 Nigerian students were abducted on 14 April 2014 by a militant group in this country. ICMP is therefore calling on the Nigerian authorities to immediately take effective measures to remedy the situation by ending this ongoing crime against humanity.

According to reports, school girls were taken away at gunpoint by a militant religious fundamentalist group Boko Haram who are opposed to girls’ education. The number of abducted girls had risen last week when new abductions took place. However, the authorities of the state of Nigeria have yet to organize a substantial effort aimed at locating and liberating its missing citizens.

Nigeria is a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child that places obligations on the State to ensure the realization of the rights set forth…

BiH Chief Prosecutor Goran Salihovic visits ICMP Headquarters and DNA laboratory

Meeting of ICMP Director General and BiH Chief Prosecutor in ICMP's HQ.
Meeting of ICMP Director General and BiH Chief Prosecutor in ICMP's HQ.

The Chief Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH Mr. Goran Salihović toured the headquarters and DNA laboratory of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo today. Mr. Salihović and ICMP’s Director-General Ms. Kathryne Bomberger reviewed the cooperation between the two institutions as well as the general progress and challenges in the process to locate and identify persons missing from armed conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990’s.

Mr. Salihović was briefed on ICMP’s assistance to governments in the Western Balkans and worldwide in accounting for persons missing from armed conflicts, natural disasters, human rights violations and other causes. Accompanied by Ms. Bomberger, Mr. Salihović also toured ICMP’s main DNA laboratory where he was introduced to the scientific techniques of DNA identification used by ICMP to account for more than 17,500 persons in the Western Balkans, of which 14,500 were missing persons relevant to BiH.

ICMP Commissioner, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, Visits Bosnia to Review Progress in Accounting for Missing Persons

ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek during his visit to BiH
ICMP Commissioner Knut Vollebaek during his visit to BiH

ICMP’s Commissioner, the distinguished Norwegian diplomat, Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from April 23rd to 25th to review progress made in accounting for persons missing from the conflicts of the 1990’s. During his first visit to BiH as an ICMP commissioner, Vollebaek visited ICMP’s facilities and met with the Chief Prosecutor, the Board of Directors of the Missing Persons Institute, members of the Regional Coordination of Missing Persons Family Associations as well as representatives of the International Community.

A group of dignitaries and academics from the UK visit ICMP

An ICMP staff member explains the anthropological analysis of mortal remains in PIP, Tuzla, Bosnia
An ICMP staff member explains the anthropological analysis of mortal remains in PIP, Tuzla, Bosnia

A delegation of members of the British House of Lords, human rights activists and public appointees paid a visit to the headquarters and identification facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla from Monday through Wednesday. The visit is organized by “Remembering Srebrenica”, a UK charitable initiative.

Members of the delegation include: Baroness Hussein-Ece, who in addition to her background in local government is the Liberal Democrats’ gender and equalities spokesperson; Baroness Manzoor, who was the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, and served as the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales; Baroness Williams who has worked extensively in government and on sub-regional governance issues; lecturer Dr Akil Awan; Dr Krishnan Manocha, Director of the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’í community; lawyer, historian and former journalist Dr Farooq Bajwa, and chief executive of Unitas Communications, Muddassar Ahmed.

British Government Minister leads delegation on visit to ICMP

Led by Mr. Stephen Williams MP, the UK’s Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, a group of young British opinion makers and civil servants visited the Headquarters and facilities of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Sarajevo and Tuzla on 9th and 10th of April.

This is the fourth visit of its kind organized by Dr. Waqar Azmi OBE, the Chairman of the charitable initiative “Remembering Srebrenica”.

Iraqi Women’s Network the “Ship of Life” Meets to Secure Legal Status as NGO that Works on the Missing

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) facilitated the 5th meeting of the “Ship of Life” women’s network in Basra, Iraq, on 2 and 3 April, 2014. The meeting was attended by family representatives of missing persons from across Iraq who have lost their relatives as a result of human rights abuses in Iraq.

For the first time, women representing groups from different sectarian groups, including, Sunni Arab women from the troubled Anbar province attended the meeting. In addition, representatives of the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights, the Martyrs’ Foundation, and the Kurdish Regional Government’s Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs attended the meeting. Observers from the Basra provincial council, and the Iraqi…