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The Investigation of Historic Missing Persons Cases - Genocide and 'Conflict Time' Human Rights Abuses

STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2016) The Investigation of Historic Missing Persons Cases - Genocide and 'Conflict Time' Human Rights Abuses. In: Handbook of Missing Persons. Springer, New York, pp. 551-575. ISBN 978-3-319-40199-7 (In Press)

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The twentieth century has been described as the ’age of extremes’ (Hobsbawn 1994), due to the large number of cases of genocide and human rights abuses during ‘conflict time’ (Baille 2012). In some countries, systematic methodologies have been developed in order to locate the bodies of missing persons, resulting in the successful identification and re-internment of these remains. However, there are many cases in which the victims of genocide and human rights abuses are still missing decades and even centuries after the crimes were perpetrated. This chapter will consider: the various reasons why search and recovery programmes might not be undertaken in relation to historic genocide and human rights abuses; some of the political, social, ethical, cultural and religious issues that practitioners attempting to engage in such investigations should consider prior to formal initiation of an enquiry; and the range of interdisciplinary techniques that can now be drawn upon to locate body deposition sites.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 16:53
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 16:17
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2795

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