Wednesday, 18 September 2019

ICMP to Enhance Cooperation with Families of Missing in Croatia

ZAGREB, September 18, 2019 - A meeting with 30 representatives of missing persons family associations from Croatia was organised in Zagreb on Tuesday by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) with the participation of representatives of the Croatian Veterans Ministry's Directorate for Detained and Missing Defenders.

This was the second in a series of meetings with families of the missing, organised to share information about the missing persons process on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, the ICMP said in a press release, adding that the first meeting was held with families from Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2019.

The meetings are part of a two-year project supported by the UK government and being implemented by ICMP to renew the effort to account for 12,000 people who are still missing throughout the region, the press release said, adding that countries in the region have undertaken to work together as the regional Missing Persons Group, maintaining a process that has already made it possible to account for more than 70 percent of the missing.

Information on new initiatives and implemented activities to strengthen regional cooperation was presented at the meeting.

Families were informed about the Database of Active Missing Persons Cases from the Armed Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia, the enactment of the Law on Persons Missing from the Homeland War, efforts undertaken to identify unidentified remains, and other activities in accounting for missing persons.

Croatian War Veterans Ministry representatives said lack of information on concealed mass and individual graves was the key obstacle to greater efficiency in the process.

Participants highlighted the need to involve families more widely in discussions on the issue of missing persons at the international level.

Families also appealed to institutions and individuals in the region to provide information on the location of mass and individual graves in order to help address this painful issue, the ICMP said.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Croatia and Serbia to Focus on Missing Persons Issue

ZAGREB, September 4, 2018 - Croatia and Serbia must do all they can to make progress in dealing with the issue of missing persons from the 1991-1995 war in Croatia, and that will be the basis for future good relations between the two nations, the Croatian president's commissioner for missing persons and mayor of the eastern town of Osijek, Ivan Vrkić, said on Tuesday.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Croatia Looking for 2,525 Missing Persons

ZAGREB, August 30, 2018 - Croatia is looking for 2,525 persons, including 1,922 unsolved cases dating back to the Homeland War, it was said on Thursday on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared, with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović saying this was a "big unsolved life, humanitarian and political problem."

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Documenta NGO Warns about Wartime Missing Persons

ZAGREB, March 25, 2018 - On the occasion of International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, March 24, the Documenta Centre for Dealing with the Past warned on Saturday that Croatia still had not adopted laws on civilian war victims and persons gone missing during the 1991-95 Homeland War.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Croatia Joins International Missing Persons Database

ZAGREB, February 7, 2018 - Officials of Croatia and of the International Commission on Missing persons (ICMP), who held a meeting in the ICMP headquarters in The Hague on Tuesday, agreed on cooperation aimed at investing effort "to account for 1,945 people missing from the Republic of Croatia during 1991-1995" the ICMP stated in a press release.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Croatia Joins Regional Missing Persons Database

The regional database should help find out what happened to missing persons from the 1990s wars.