ICMP Agreement with CIGE Boosts Efforts


ICMP Agreement with CIGE Boosts Efforts

To Identify Missing Persons in Sinjar Region

Duhok, 11 February: In an effort to assist in accounting for missing persons from Da’esh crimes, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Commission for Investigation and Gathering Evidence (CIGE), which has its headquarters in Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, today signed an agreement that will give CIGE access to ICMP’s Identification Data Management System (iDMS).  


The iDMS is a global data system capability that ICMP provides to governments, families of the missing, technical experts and others. It has a set of powerful integrated applications that support the process of storing, processing and analyzing data on missing persons investigations, and identifications. As an estimated one million persons are missing from a variety of circumstances over the last 50 years of Iraq’s history, ICMP’s goal is to ensure access to the iDMS for all Iraqi institutions whose work is relevant to the missing persons process, and to provide families of the missing with the ability to report a missing person through the online capacities of the iDMS.





Today’s agreement was signed by the Head of ICMP’s Iraq Program Ms Lena Larsson and the head of CIGE, Investigating Judge Ayman Mostafa.


“CIGE is committed to the process of accounting for the missing systematically and efficiently,” Judge Ayman said after the signing. “Working with ICMP we can access the most advanced forensic genetic capabilities. At the same time we can cooperate on developing effective ways of interacting with families of the missing, who are our main priority.”


Lena Larsson noted that ICMP has been active in Iraq for over a decade and is working with the authorities throughout the country to help them account for the missing, regardless of their ethnic, religious or national origin, their political background, their role in the conflict, or the era in which they disappeared.


“This project with CIGE will allow us to transfer expertise and technical capacity,” she said, “and at the same time, we hope to work with CIGE on programs that will allow families of the missing to participate fully in the process and to access their rights to truth, justice and reparations.”   


Also present at today’s signing were Deputy Minister for Martyrs and Anfal Affairs Berevan Hamdi, representing the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Council of Ministers and High Committee of Genocide Recognition.


Under today’s agreement, CIGE and ICMP will work together to implement effective data processing and protection mechanisms through the iDMS, and data collection from families of the missing. ICMP will provide CIGE with support in data entry and data analysis through training activities, and will help CIGE to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures, and chain-of-custody provisions, as well as ensuring the secure archiving of documentation and retention of biological samples.


ICMP is a treaty-based international organization based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Its mandate is to secure the cooperation of governments and others in locating and identifying missing persons from conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration and other causes and to assist them in doing so. It is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. First DNA-based identification of disappeared after the Da’esh occupation of Mount Sinjar in August 2014.