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Suhad Daher-Nashif

This article aims to shed light on the post-mortem practices for Palestinian dead bodies when there is suspicion of human rights violations by Israeli military forces. By focusing on the case of Omran Abu Hamdieh from Al-Khalil (Hebron), the article explores the interactions between Palestinian social-institutional agents, Israeli military forces and international medico-legal agents. Drawing on ethnographic and archival data, the article explores how the intersectionality between the various controlling powers is inscribed over the Palestinian dead bodies and structures their death rites. The article claims that inviting foreign medico-legal experts in the Palestinian context could reveal the true death story and the human rights violations, but also reaffirms the sovereignty of the Israeli military forces over the Palestinian dead and lived bodies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Fabien Provost

In contemporary forensic medicine, in India, the label of complete autopsy applies to a whole range of post-mortem examinations which can present consid- erable differences in view of the intellectual resources, time, personnel and material means they involve. From various sources available in India and elsewhere, stems the idea that, whatever the type of case and its apparent obviousness, a complete autopsy implies opening the abdomen, the thorax and the skull and dissecting the organs they contain. Since the nineteenth century, procedural approaches of complete autopsies have competed with a practical sense of completeness which requires doctors to think their cases according to their history. Relying on two case studies observed in the frame of an ethnographic study of eleven months in medical colleges of North India, the article suggests that the practical completeness of autopsies is attained when all aspects of the history of the case are made sense of with regard to the observation of the body. Whereas certain autopsies are considered obvious and imply a reduced amount of time in the autopsy room, certain others imply successive redefinitions of what complete implies and the realisation of certain actions which would not have been performed otherwise.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Why exhume? Why identify?
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

, accor­ ding to the German killers’ official statistics) in September 1941. A nearby dam gave way in the late 1960s, and the subsequent flooding unearthed hundreds of bodies that were then reinterred without any attempt at identification.6 Other cases may be cited, such as the graves of the Dachau concentration camp, discovered by chance during excavation work for the construction of a road in 1948. The unearthed bodies were then identified by means of the forensic medicine of the time.7 There are even cases where there has been the discovery and identification of

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Theoretical approaches
Finn Stepputat

the production of knowledge and policies of public health. Another development was the emergence of forensic medicine, which – with great disparities – became part and parcel of the state procedures surrounding dead bodies, with particular importance for the enforcement of state criminal law. In regard to (necro-political aspects of) sovereignty, forensic medicine and the associated state laws and procedures are essential to upholding the state’s claim to a monopoly of legitimate force and the elimination of killing with impunity. Thus, on this background it is not

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The forensic and political lives of secondary mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Admir Jugo and Sari Wastell

66 67 68 69 70 A. Mašović, ‘Zalazje je osmadeseta masovna grobnica ubijenih Srebreničana’ (Zalazje is the eightieth mass grave of those killed in Srebrenica), Dnevni Avaz, 4 December 2009, 5. M. Vennemeyer, ‘An analysis of linkages between robbed primary graves and secondary graves related to Srebrenica missing’, presented at 21st International Meeting on Forensic Medicine Alpe-Adria-Pannonia, Sarajevo, 30 May–2 June 2012. Ibid. Janc, ‘Srebrenica investigation’. US Naval Criminal Investigative Service, ‘International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

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The French search mission for the corpses of deportees in Germany, 1946–58
Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Mémoire de la Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, 9:9–2 (1982), pp. 103–7. I consulted the copies of 254 forms provided for exhumation requests in Bergen-Belsen and I was struck by the scarcity of information. For example, very few of the forms had been completed by dentists. Vallois et al., ‘Données anthropologiques’, p. 68. Were these doctors trained in forensic medicine under the Nazi regime? Vallois et al., ‘Données anthropologiques’, p. 68. Ibid., p. 80. See a description of the controversy that was finally closed in 1969 in J.-M. Dreyfus, ‘Conflits de mémoires

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