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Human Rights, Human Remains

By May 31, 2019 No Comments

Justice for Iran’s map of mass graves and enforced disappearances (PainScapes) has been featured by the LSE research project, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN REMAINS.

Human Rights Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave is a research project led by Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics. It is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project provides a deep historical account of the application of forensics techniques in humanitarian contexts and to human rights issues. In addition, it investigates challenges and innovations in the forensics field in the context of Mexico’s ongoing, and deadly, war against drugs. Finally, it asks whether, as a result of the forensic turn in humanitarianism and human rights, we can now argue that the dead have human rights. In so doing, Human Rights Human Remains promises to radically confront the human rights paradigm by including the dead in the category of who counts as ‘human’ and deserving of human rights. In sum, the project aims to change the way we think about forensic action and human rights, and in the process, revitalise debate about the relationship between science and human rights.