International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) works with governments, civil society organisations, justice institutions, international organisations and others throughout the world to address the issue of people who have gone missing as a result of armed conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organised crime and other causes.

As the only international organisation that is exclusively dedicated to this issue, ICMP is actively engaged in developing institutions and civil society capacity, promoting legislation, fostering social and political advocacy, and developing and providing technical expertise to locate and identify the missing.

About ICMP’s work:
– ICMP works with governments to develop their institutional capacity to address the issue of missing persons efficiently and impartially.
– ICMP helps governments develop legislation to safeguard the rights of families of the missing, and it works with civil society organisations to empower them to advocate for their rights.
– ICMP assists the process of justice by ensuring that governments adhere to a rule of law-based approach to investigating disappearances and it provides evidence in criminal trials.
– ICMP directly assists governments with fieldwork. It has been involved in the excavation of more than 3,000 mass and clandestine gravesites and has spearheaded the application of advanced forensic techniques to locate and recover missing persons.

ICMP maintains a unique, specialised Online Inquiry Center (OIC) and Identification Database Management System (iDMS) that manages all data pertaining to its missing persons process. It operates the world’s leading high-throughput DNA human identification facility. To date, more than 19,000 missing persons from around the world have been identified with ICMP’s assistance. ICMP also provides training and education programs to a wide-range of individuals, including: government authorities, prosecutors and judges, NGOs, families of the missing and forensic practitioners.


10:00 – Presentation of ICMP and tour laboratory
13:30 – Presentation of ICMP and tour laboratory
15:30 – Presentation of ICMP and tour laboratory

Total duration of the tour is approximately 90 minutes.

Up to 75 people per tour.


International Commission on Missing Persons
Koninginnegracht 12
2514 AA Den Haag


Most organisations have strict security. Because of this, we have added a list of the DO’s and DON’Ts for you. As a visitor, you’ll be required to follow these. You will receive your security passes a week beforehand via e-mail. We ask you to please print these out and bring them with you. The security of the organisations can ask you to show your passes. Although the chance is there that registration will be enough and you will not be asked to show your pass. At all times you are required to bring a legal personal ID, like a passport of a ID-Card. Bus-, library, etc. cards are not valid identification. Security checks take time, so please keep this in mind when visiting. We ask for your patience for any eventual waiting times.


  • Bring a valid ID like a password.
  • Bring a printed version of your access card.
  • Keep in mind that security checks can take some time.
  • Listen and comply with security.


  • Do not bring large bags.
  • Do not bring prams unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not bring electronic devices.
  • Photos and video recordings aren’t always permitted.

Organisations and Busstops

Below you wil find a map (Google Maps) with all organisations that open their doors during the Open Day. You can recognise the different organisations by their red flag icons. There are also free tour buses provided by Connexxion Tours, which will take you to or close to an organisation. De busstops are marked with the blue bus icons. By clicking on a blue busstop icon, you will see a overview of the departure times and can view the walk-routes you can take from a busstop to an organisation. You can visit the Transportation page directly to get a complete overview of the free bus schedule.