The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has received a 150,000 Euro contribution from the Government of Germany towards ICMP’s work in the former Yugoslavia.ICMP endeavors to secure the co-operation of Governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, other hostilities or violations of human rights and to assist them in doing so.
ICMP’s interdisciplinary work focuses on political, scientific and civil society aspects of addressing this issue. ICMP seeks to ensure that governmental mechanisms for tracing for missing persons, like the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina (MPI), are sustainable and can address the issue of missing persons on a political, technical and operational level. The State level MPI will look for all missing citizens regardless of their national, ethnic or religious background. The model of MPI could be applied in other countries as well.
Until today, ICMP assisted in identification of more than 10,200 of different individuals missing from the conflicts in the regions of the former Yugoslavia, of which approximately 8,200 are of persons missing from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“The German Government and the German Embassy in Sarajevo have been extremely supportive of ICMP’s activities”, said Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP Chief of Staff. “This donation will significantly assist in identification efforts and thus contribute to long-lasting peace in the region”.
The Government of Germany has supported the activities of ICMP since 2001. The work of ICMP is also supported by the Governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, 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.