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Bosnia and Herzegovina Conflict1991 - 1996


Background information

For persons unaccounted for in connection with the conflict on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Even though a significant progress has been made in locating and identifying missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the issue of missing persons continues to burden thousands of families who are left without answers and affect the reconciliation process.

The authorities and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina have the prime responsibility to clarify the fate of missing persons and to support their families. Missing Persons Institute (MPI) was established based on the Law on Missing Persons of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a national institution tasked to pursue all cases of missing persons from the past conflict, regardless of their ethnicity, religious affiliation or gender. It has established Central Records on Missing Persons (CEN) to provide accurate figures on missing persons by crosschecking data received from various national and international sources and verifying the status of each missing person.

Under the ICRC auspices, the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) and the MPI signed an agreement on their cooperation in the tracing process in BiH. In this light, in December 2011, the ICRC handed over to the RCSBiH its responsibility for the future collection of requests for tracing missing persons. All requests for tracing missing persons in BiH initiated by their families as of December 6, 2011 onwards are processed by the RCSBiH, and forwarded to the MPI for further recording and tracing procedure. Within its efforts to provide efficient support to the families of missing persons, the RCSBiH Tracing Service liaises with the other National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Family Links network.

The ICRC carries out its activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance with its mandate and as stipulated in the annex seven of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement related to the missing persons. In its efforts to address the remaining challenges of the missing issue, the ICRC focuses its work on empowering the MPI and RCSBiH, as well as supporting the families of missing persons to exercise their "right to know".

In spite of these efforts, numerous families still have relatives that are unaccounted for and are waiting to receive information on their fate and whereabouts. The names of persons that are still missing are provided in this list.

If you have a close relative unaccounted for in connection with the conflict on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (30.04.1991 – 14.02.1996), and want to initiate a request for tracing, please contact the nearest office of the National Society in the country in which you reside.

For missing persons reported to the ICRC before December 6, 2011, the ICRC remains to be responsible for the follow up and management of their data.


ICRC delegation in Sarajevo
Soukbunar 5
Tel: (+387 33) 565 650
Fax: (+387 33) 565 660
Contact form
Family Links Website
This sub-website dedicated to the people missing in connection with the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina belongs to the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Family Links Website.

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