The handling of human remains and information on the dead in situations relating to armed conflicts or internal violence and involving missing persons
16th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Disaster Victim Identification, Lyon, France, 5-7 May 2004, contribution from the ICRC
The aim is to heighten awareness among governments, the military, international and national organizations – including the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent network – and the general public about the tragedy of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence and about the anguish of their families
by creating and making available tools for action and communication
in order to ensure accountability on the part of the authorities responsible for resolving the problem of missing people, to better assist the families and to prevent further disappearances.