Joint ICMP-CIGE Event: Outreach to Yezidi Families of Missing Persons: Addressing Needs, Concerns and Paving the Way Forward”

On 2 December 2019, the Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence (CIGE) and the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) held the joint event “Outreach to Yezidi Families of Missing Persons: Addressing Needs, Concerns and Paving the Way Forward”, at CIGE premises.

The event brought together representatives of Yezidi families of missing persons from IDP camps across Duhok governorate and the major stakeholders involved in missing persons affairs and identification efforts, including representatives of the regional and federal government and of the international community, such as the EU Delegation to Iraq and the German Consulate. During the event, the Mass Graves Directorate in Baghdad, represented by the Deputy Head Amer Jabar, the Medico-Legal Department of the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, represented by the Head of the database Hussam Abdulrzaq Mohammad, ICMP and CIGE provided an overview of their work and updates from the field, tracing the steps taken so far in determining the fate of missing persons, from mass graves excavations to the identification process. KRG Deputy Minister of Martyrs, Baravan Hamdi, and KRG Coordinator for International Advocacy, Dr. Dindar Zebari, also took part to the event, welcoming the initiative and underscoring the efforts undertaken so far by KRG to support families of missing persons. CIGE and ICMP invited representatives of families of missing persons to participate to voice their most urgent needs, concerns and questions left unanswered, speaking directly to the stakeholders and governmental representatives at the event.

This is the first of what is foreseen to be a series of CIGE-ICMP Joint Events aimed at addressing the needs, concerns and rights of families of missing persons through outreach campaigns and participatory dialogues.