ICMP - International Commission on Missing Persons

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Established in 1996 at the initiative of US President Bill Clinton at the G-7 Summit in Lyon, France, ICMP is an international organization that seeks to ensure the cooperation of governments and others to address the issue of missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, migration, natural and man-made disasters, organized crime and other causes. It is the only international organization that works exclusively on the issue of missing persons and as such it has helped governments to build rule-of-law institutions that successfully and impartially search for and identify missing persons. ICMP has its headquarters in The Hague.

ICMP pioneered the use of modern DNA techniques to identify more than 20,000 persons around the world. Its Identification Data Management System (iDMS) makes it possible to process and share information on all aspects of the missing persons process.

ICMP seeks to secure the rights of surviving relatives of the missing and works with civil society organizations, particularly associations of families of the missing enabling them to become active participants in the process of accounting for their loved ones. This is done through collaborative transitional justice and civil society projects to build the capacity of these organizations and to influence closer working relationships and trust with relevant government authorities.

ICMP is entirely voluntarily funded, primarily by governments. Funding has been provided, among others, by Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Holy See, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the City of The Hague, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the United Nations, and the European Union. Special project support has been provided by, among others, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation, Interpol, the University of California, Berkeley, EULEX, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, and the South Africa Police; while inkind donations have been received from Microsoft, the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Oracle Corporation, and Qiagen.

ICMP has worked with more than 40 countries worldwide, and currently has projects related to the Western Balkans, Iraq, Syria, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, South Africa, and Cyprus.

ICMP cooperates closely with other international organizations including INTERPOL, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and a number of UN agencies.

Specialties

Missing persons, Capacity building, Institution building, Legislative assistance, Assistance to Justice, Civil Society development, Disasters Victim Identification, and DNA identification.

 

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