International Day of the Disappeared: 30th August

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) announces that the 30 August 2005 International Day of the Disappeared will be marked throughout the former Yugoslavia with a series of events. These events have been organized in each country by local partners of ICMP to raise public awareness of the missing persons issue and to demand speeding up the process of tracing for missing persons.Due to the thousands of cases of disappearance in the former Yugoslavia, the public is encouraged to join with associations of families of the missing around the world to commemorate this day. Media are invited to attend all events.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Sunday, 28 August 2005, Nevesinje: 19:00, book promotion organized at the Dom Kultura by the Union of Associations of Families of Captured and Missing Persons of Republic of Srpska. For further information please contact Milijana Bojic at +387 65 998 804.

Monday, 29 August 29 2005, Nevesinje: 10:00, Memorial Service for victims at the Chapel of Saint Vasilije Ostroski; 12:30 at the Dom Kultura, Round Table discussion on the topic of “Process of Tracing for Missing Persons Ten Years after the War” organized by the Union of Associations of Families of Captured and Missing Persons of Republic of Srpska. For further information please contact Milijana Bojic at +387 65 998 804.

Tuesday, 30 August 2005, Sarajevo: 11:00, Signing Ceremony of the Agreement on Assuming the Role of Co-Founders of the Missing Persons Institute (MPI) between the Council of Ministers and ICMP at the BiH Joint Institutions Building.

Tuesday, 30 August 2005, Sarajevo: 14:00, Public Tribune on “Process of Tracing for Missing Persons from the Perspective of Families” at the Novi Grad Municipal Building, organized by the Bosniak Union of Associations of Families of Missing Persons. The program includes remarks by ICMP, ICRC, entity government’s Commissions on Missing Persons, and the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees on the Law on Missing Persons and overall process of tracing for M.P. For further information please contact Tajib Pasic Tel: +387 61 200 329 or Ahmet Grahic + 387 61 732 718.

Tuesday, 30 August 2005, Brcko: 11:00, Press Conference at the Dom Kultura organized by Association for tracing missing and killed Bosniaks of District Brcko. For further information please contact Zumreta Džaferovic + 387 49 212 489 or + 387 65 926 449.

REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Monday, 29 August 2005, Osijek: 17:00, Public Tribune on victims of the war, their position in Republic of Croatia, lost dignity and their future position in the society. The event is organized by the association “Victims of Homeland War” from Osijeka. It will take place in the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek.

Tuesday, 30 August 2005, Vinkovci: 08:30, gathering at the pedestrian zone and visit to the city cemetery; 09:30 Memorial Service at Saint Euzebija and Poliona Church; and 10:30 Public Gathering. The program will include a report on activities and results of the Union of Family Associations and an invitation to government institutions to be more engaged in resolving issue of the missing. The Association “Croatian Mothers Vinkovci” on behalf of the Union of Associations of Families of Captured and Missing Croatian Defenders is organizing these events. For further information please contact Ivan Psenica Tel: + 385 1 456 8 723 or + 385 91 4568 722.

KOSOVO
Tuesday, 30 August 30, 2005, Prishtina: 10:00- 15:00 Photo exhibition with the title “Six Years of Coordination Council of Family Associations Work” and 15:00 Press Conference. Organized by the Coordination Council of Associations of Families of Missing Persons. For further information please contact Haki Kosumi at + 377 44 181 260.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Tuesday, 30 August 30, 2005, Belgrade: Delivery of petition demanding answers about the fate of their missing loved ones to Serbian Prime minister Vojislav Kostunica and peaceful march organized jointly by the Association of Parents and Families of Imprisoned, Captured and Missing Persons with the seat in Novi Sad, the Association of Citizens “Families of Missing Persons from Krajina”, the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons from Kosovo and Metohija. For further information please contact Cedomir Maric + 381 63 894 2126.