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UNODC promotes donation agreement between Colombia and El Salvador for the creation of the Single Registry System for Missing Persons in El Salvador

San Salvador, November 20, 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the Unified Search System for Missing Persons in El Salvador.

This system was established within the framework of the signing of the agreement between the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Colombia and the Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Attorney General's Office of the Republic of El Salvador, which aims to donate forensic computer systems.

José Vila del Castillo, Regional Representative of UNODC; Claudia Adriana García Fino, Director General of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Colombia; and Óscar Armando Pineda Navas, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador, participated in the signing of the Agreement.

The Missing Persons and Corpses Information System (SIRDEC) is a truthful and timely information tool to guide the search for missing persons in El Salvador. It makes it possible to cross-check information between the registry of disappeared persons and the registry of medical-legal necropsies, avoids the re-victimization of the victims' relatives and improves the institutional systems for an effective investigation.

The donation also includes the Clinical Information System and Forensic Dentistry (SICLICO) which consists of a real-time information system that allows for obtaining information and modernizing the registry of the various medico-legal functions.

Both systems will be housed in the Institute of Legal Medicine of El Salvador and will be one of the essential tools for the investigation of cases of missing persons and associated crimes.

With the signing of this agreement, El Salvador and Colombia recognize the essential role of forensic sciences in the implementation of crime-related treaties, in particular the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and in the strengthening of national investigative strategies.

Efforts to sign the Donation Agreement between El Salvador and Colombia were carried out within the framework of the Project "Institutional Strengthening in Cases of Disappearances Related to Organized Crime to Reduce Impunity in El Salvador", funded by the Government of Canada.