An organization formed by the ICRC to collect all the information it can obtain through official or private channels respecting prisoners of war and protected civilian persons, particularly those subject to internment, and to transmit it to their country of origin or of residence or to the Power on which they depend, except where such transmission might be detrimental to the persons whom the information concerns or to their relatives.
See Missing persons;
Chapter 7, Provisions on the Dead and Missing
Chapter 15, e) Restoring family links
Chapter 15, e) tracing service
Iran/Iraq, 70,000 Prisoners of War Repatriated
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Release of Prisoners of War and Tracing of Missing Persons After the End of Hostilities
UN, Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances: Report on Mission to Serbia, including Kosovo
SASSÒLI Marco, “The National Information Bureau in Aid of the Victims of Armed Conflicts”, in IRRC, No. 256, January 1987, pp. 6-24
SCHREYER Thierry, “L’action de l’Agence centrale de recherches du CICR dans les Balkans durant la crise des réfugiés kosovars”, in IRRC, No. 837, March 2000, pp. 49-65.