The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has received a further contribution from the Government of Ireland towards its work in the former Yugoslavia. The 150,000 Euro contribution was the second installment of a two-year commitment made by the Government of Ireland in 2005.”The continued funding by Irish Aid underlines the commitment of the Government of Ireland to resolving the issue of missing persons. This is an important step in post-conflict institution building, peace initiatives and reconciliation,” said ICMP Chief of Staff Kathryne Bomberger, when the funding was announced. “The Government of Ireland has been a valued supporter of the activities of ICMP since 2002; such support is vital for the continuation of this important work,” she added.
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 strengthens the ability of civil society groups and family members of victims to engage in this important humanitarian and human rights issue.
ICMP is funded through voluntary grants, donations and contributions by participating Governments, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, 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.