Missing Persons from the Armed Conflict of the 1990s: A Stocktaking on the effort to locate and identify missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
Publication Year
Europe and Central Asia
Thematic Area
The Search Process / Mechanisms / Law & Policies / Forensics / Families
Right to Know/Truth / Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation / Reconciliation / Memorialization / Identification / Family Needs / DNA Analysis / Data Protection / Criminal Justice / Burial Site / Mass Grave
Open access

This report addresses efforts in BIH to account for persons who went missing as a result of the wars on the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) between 1991 and 1996. The report includes a historical overview of the legal and institutional infrastructure developed to address the large numbers of persons missing from these armed conflicts; a detailed examination of technical and scientific efforts to locate, recover, identify and return human remains to family members of the missing; and a discussion of what these efforts mean in the context of the broader processes of state building and democratic transition.