Guidance document

Forensic Guide to the Investigation, Recovery And Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains

Dr. Luis Fondebrider
Publication Year
Thematic Area
The Search Process / Forensics / Families
Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation / Management of the Dead / Identification / DNA Analysis / Burial Site / Mass Grave
Open access

This Forensic Guide to the Investigation, Recovery and Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains is published within the context of the Project “Promoting Justice for the Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Colombia, Peru
and Guatemala” (EuropeAid/155232/DH/ACT/Multi), conducted by the Inter national Commission of Jurists (ICJ), in partnership with the Asociación Red de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (Network of Human Rights
Advocates Association) (Colombia) and the Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF), to promote accountability and reparation in cases of extraju dicial killings and enforced disappearances. For its Guatemalan and Peruvian chapters, the project has relied on the cooperation of the Fundación de Antro pología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG) and the Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense (EPAF).

The objective of this forensic guide is to provide a practical and simple tool for cases that involve the investigation, recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains for purposes of identification and determination of cause of death in contexts of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law.