SR. SUPT. DR. MUSADDEQ ISHAQ,
Assalamu'alaikum Wr. Wb, Praise
Be To God.
Allow me on this fine occasion
to welcome all of the distinguished guests and the participants of 2nd Interpol
Disaster Victim Identification Pacific Rim Group Meeting to Bali which is also
well-known as the Islands of the Gods, one of the world famous tourist resorts
that is famous for its beauty, culture and the friendliness of the people.
A few years have passed by since 1st Interpol Disaster Victim Identification
Pacific Rim Group Meeting which was held in Makassar, Indonesia in January 2000.
This year, we are proud that Indonesia has the honour to organize an important
international meeting such as this for the second time.
It seemed as if just yesterday when we met in the first meeting, but today the
world has change immensely especially if we see it from public security point of
view and this resulted in the change of perspective in DVI as well. If in the
first meeting we focused on the DVI in relation with the mass disasters caused
mostly by accidents involving mass transportation (close disaster), now, in this
second meeting, we are haunted by the act of terrorisms which are likely to
cause mass disasters which are classified as open disasters and related to
criminal. Therefore from DVI perspective we need a different approach.
Less than a year ago, 12 October 2002, the beauty and serenity of Bali was
shattered by bomb blasts. The physical vibration could probably be sensed only
up till 1 or 2 kilometer, the physical damage might only affect a few blocks,
but the large numbers of casualties and fatalities extended the vibration to all
over the world.
We learned from the incident that it was impossible to do the identification of
so many people, more than 200 victims, from many different countries in a quite
short time by ourselves only. Supports and collaboration of Forensic Doctors,
Forensic Odontologists, other experts as well as law enforcement officers from
Indonesia and friendly countries have proven to give an excellent result and
therefore it can be used as a model in handling similar situation. We have to
keep in our mind that the good teamwork was resulted from the networking among
the experts before it happened.
As we realized how important, for the sake of human rights and humanity, that
those who are involved in this subject have to keep sharing information and
knowledge in DVI, as stated in the Interpol Resolution No. AGN/65/RES/13, we try
our best to hold this meeting, even though the time given was very short.
We are delighted that there are about 200 participants from 16 countries, the
largest delegation beside the host country is from Australia. From profession
point of view, the participants consists of mostly medical forensic specialists,
forensic odontologists, medical doctors/ dentists, other forensic supporting
experts, as well as the law enforcement officers. Participants From Indonesia
consists of Directors of CID and the Heads of Identification Section of the
Regional Police, Heads of Police Forensic Laboratory Branches, medical doctors/
dentists from the Department of Health, The Heads of the Medical and Health
Sections and the Heads of Police Hospital of the Regional Police from all over
22 presentations about DVI from all over the world will be presented within 3
days. Not only that, the participants will be taken to the crime scene as well
as the location of DVI procedures then, that is Sanglah Hospital.
All those can only be realized because of the supports we got. Therefore, allow
me to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the ICPO Interpol, in particular
the Interpol Disaster Victim Identification Standing Committee, for the support
so that make this meeting happened. Let me also express my gratitude to the
Chief of the Indonesian National Police, the Indonesian Minister of Health, the
Governor of Bali, Australian Federal Police, Kapusdokkes Polri Brigjen Pol Dr
Bambang Ibnu S. and the Honorary Chairperson Brigjen Pol Dr. Eddy Saparwoko and
those who have given us assistance and support. Should there be shortcomings or
lack of service in the preparation as well as in the meeting itself, as the
Chairperson of the Organizing Committee let me apologize for them.
I hope all the participants can get the most from this short meeting, share the
knowledge and experience in DVI subjects, and may improve the collaboration
either nationally, regionally as well as internationally. Good luck !
Denpasar, 28 July 2003