Bringing Up the Bodies: Effectively Investigating Mass Graves
Relive the conversation with the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Dr Agnes Callamard and the director-general of the International Commission on Missing Persons, Kathryne Bomberger, on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 16:00 CET, 10:00 EST, on how mass graves can provide evidence for truth, justice and accountability.
Mass graves are sites of horrific violence and need effective protection and investigation. What standards for investigation are now needed? How should mass graves be handled to protect the interests of families and survivors? What new techniques are available to uncover the truth? What do states need to do to fulfil their responsibilities?
- Agnes Callamard is an expert in human rights and has conducted human rights investigations worldwide. She led the inquiry into the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Kathryne Bomberger has led ICMP since 1998, overseeing the commission’s transformation from an ad hoc mechanism to a treaty-based organisation with global reach. ICMP spearheaded efforts that led to the identification of more than 70 percent of the estimated 40,000 people who were missing following the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia, many of whom were found in mass graves. It has worked with Bournemouth University to develop mass grave protection guidelines.
Janet H. Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg from the Asymmetrical Haircuts international justice podcast. Here is the link to the podcast episode.
Here is the full video:
This event was a live podcast recording by the Asymmetrical Haircuts team in partnership with the Hague Humanity Hub and the City of the Hague as part of the Peace and Justice Reception 2021.
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