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Jeremy Sarkin

This article examines the ways in which missing persons have been dealt with, mainly in the former Yugoslavia, to show how the huge advances made in the search for, recovery and identification of those who disappeared is positively impacting on the ability of families to find their loved ones. The article surveys the advances made in dealing with the missing on a range of fronts, including the technical and forensic capacities. It examines some of the other developments that have occurred around the world with regard to the search for, recovery and identification of people and makes recommendations on how to make improvements to ensure that the rights of families around the world, as well as a range of other human rights, including truth and justice, are enhanced.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Laura Panizo

This article will investigate the process of confronting death in cases of the disappeared of the last military dictatorship in Argentina. Based on the exhumation and identification of the body of a disappeared person, the article will reflect on how the persons social situation can be reconfigured, causing structural changes within the family and other groups. This will be followed by a discussion of the reflections generated by the anthropologist during his or her interview process, as well as an investigation into the authors own experiences in the field. This intimate relationship between the anthropologist and death, through the inevitable contact that takes place among the bodies, causes resonances in the context both of exhumations and of identifications in the anthropologists wider fieldwork.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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Jenny Edkins

through the door at any moment.3 The disappeared person is in some profound sense both absent and present: in physical body they are absent, but in social terms, they are present – they cannot be laid to rest. Practices of memory and grieving are put on hold. Tracing what has happened and where the missing person or their remains might be becomes a life-consuming task. Those left behind are compelled to search for their relatives: roaming the streets hoping to catch sight of them; racking their brains to think of what might have happened; tracing mobile phone records

in Change and the politics of certainty
Embodying the disappeared of the Argentinian dictatorship through law
Sévane Garibian

disappearance, the progress and results of the investigation, and the fate of the disappeared person.24 In April 2008, Argentina made a commitment before the United Nations Human Rights Council to prepare an international declaration on the right to the truth and memory, as a step towards subsequent drafting of a universal treaty on the subject. This develop­ment in the international and United Nations community led on 21 December 2010 to the proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of 24 March as ‘International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human

in Human remains and mass violence
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The tales destruction tells
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

. It is to be published in the same book series with Manchester University Press, titled Human Remains and Mass Violence: Methodological Approaches.7 Bearing this in mind, we attempt here to compare areas that may, prima facie, appear very different, both in their historical context and in the forms and extents of the persecutions and massacres concerned. Indeed, how can we compare the treatment of the corpses of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust with the disappeared persons of the Argentine dictatorship in 1976, of whom fewer than 10,000 have been

in Destruction and human remains
The violent pursuit of cultural sovereignty during authoritarian rule in Argentina
Antonius C.G.M. Robben

shadow state. The disappeared were cremated, buried in mass and anonymous graves or dumped at sea. Forensic anthropologists have documented around 10,000 assassinated disappeared persons, but the human rights movement insists that 30,000 disappeared were murdered. The Argentine armed forces tried to erase every trace of their remains, but failed to do so. Uruguayan authorities found mutilated bodies along its shores within weeks of the military coup of March 1976 (Dandan 2011). The Argentine police recovered bloated corpses from the Paraná river, and brought them to a

in Governing the dead