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Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in Mexico
Isabel Beltrán-Gil
María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera
Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz
Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios
Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez
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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.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Challenges and technological solutions to the ­identification of individuals in mass grave scenarios in the modern context
Gillian Fowler
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 human identification? 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

in Human remains and identification
Forensic and archaeological approaches to locating the remains of Holocaust victims
Caroline Sturdy Colls

inhumed human remains’, Technical Paper 13 (Reading: Institute of Field Archaeologists, 1993). 65 X. Mallet, T. Blythe and R. Berry, Advances in Forensic Human Identification (Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press, 2014); Interpol, ‘Disaster victim identification guide’, 2014. URL:​INTERPOL-​expertise/​ Forensics/​DVI-​Pages/​DVI-​guide (accessed 21 October 2015); S. Byers, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (London: Routledge, 2010). 66 Sturdy Colls, Holocaust Archaeologies; Sturdy Colls, ‘Holocaust archaeology’. 67 Sturdy Colls, Holocaust Archaeologies

in Human remains in society
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Individuality, identification and multidirectional memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda
Ayala Maurer-Prager

the corporeal representation of violence is a multifaceted process, and the memorial effect of Rwanda’s corporeally commemorative strategy relies upon the corpse–​human identifications 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

in Human remains in society