Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in
Isabel Beltrán-Gil, María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera, Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz, Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios, Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez, and Diana Newberry Franco
As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, in 2020 forensic institutions
in Mexico began using extreme measures in the treatment of bodies of confirmed
or suspected cases, due to possible infection. A series of national protocols on
how to deal with the virus were announced, yet forensic personnel have struggled
to apply these, demonstrating the country’s forensics crisis. This
article aims to reflect on two points: (1) the impact that COVID-19 protocols
have had on how bodies confirmed as or suspected of being infected with the
virus are handled in the forensic medical system; and (2) the particular
treatment in cases where the body of the victim is unidentified, and the
different effects the pandemic has had in terms of the relationship between the
institutional environment and the family members of those who have died as a
result of infection, or suspected infection, from COVID-19.
Challenges and technological solutions to the identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context
Gillian Fowler and Tim Thompson
focus on one particular aspect of the search and identification of corpses and human
remains, namely the application of technical methods to the examination of bodily remains recovered from mass graves.
Why bother with humanidentification?
One of the primary issues to be addressed when investigating these
contexts is the question of why to bother making the effort to identify the victims held within a mass grave. The very fact that clandestine mass graves exist means that the circumstances of the death
of the victims within this context is evidence that an illicit
Individuality, identification and multidirectional memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda
the corporeal representation of violence is a multifaceted process, and the
memorial effect of Rwanda’s corporeally commemorative strategy
relies upon the corpse–humanidentifications it elicits. These identifications, however, vary enormously. As the following textual interrogations will demonstrate, it is sometimes through the very refusal
of any living subject–corpse identification that the corporeal memory embodied by the dead is at its most commemorative.
Anonymity and the impossibility of identification
Literary analysis of Rwanda’s hundred days of