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Forensic Anthropology In Peace Support Operations

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Forensic anthropology used in the context of human rights cases has come to the forefront in the past two decades as an essential part of peace support operations (PSOs), international and national tribunals and of special commissions of inquiry and other types of investigations following large-scale human rights abuses. This chapter focuses on what forensic anthropology is, how it has developed and how it can contribute to peace support efforts relative to its application in the investigation of human rights abuses, using the Argentine case as an example. It commences with a brief introduction, and then illustrates the Argentine case and the work of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). The chapter then explains the strategies adopted to conduct the investigations and provide guidelines that may be adopted during investigations conducted in PSOs. Finally, it presents some recommendations based on the experiences of EAAF and the authors.

Keywords: Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF); forensic anthropology; human rights abuses; peace support operations (PSOs)



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