CSI Bosnia: the forensic expertise of the International Commission on Missing Persons

May 26, 2011

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Body bags containing human remains from Srebrenica are stored in the Podrinje Identification Project Center in Tuzla, Bosnia.

The arrest of Bosnian Serb General Radko Mladic ends a 16-year manhunt for one of the world’s most sought after fugitives. While the wait for justice has been long, for many survivors, the wait for closure continues.

More than 30,000 people went missing during the Bosnian War and the whereabouts of thousands are still unknown.  Leading the effort to locate and identify them is the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Based in Sarajevo and established by President Clinton in 1996, the ICMP has emerged as a global leader in the science of identifying human remains.  From Iraq to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the ICMP has shared its unique expertise around the world.

Nedim Durakovic works for the Podrinje Identification Project, part of the ICMP that focuses on identifying Srebrenica victims. Adnan Rizvic works for the commission in Sarajevo. They join us to discuss the ICMP's remarkable success.