Forensics and human remains management

These resources provide an introduction to important principles and techniques of forensic investigation and identification. They also offer guidance on appropriate handling of human remains and dead body management in situations of armed conflict and violence.

Casualty recording and forensic investigations and identifications is an ECC webinar with Megan Bassendale, founder and Director of Forensic Guardians International (FGI), and Oran Finegan, former Head of Forensics and current Forensic Manager for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

This webinar was exclusively for members of the Casualty Recorders Network. For more information, or if you are a CRN member and haven’t received a link to view the recording of the webinar, please contact us.

Operational Best Practices regarding the Management of Human Remains and Information on the Dead by Non-Specialists

This document from the ICRC is directed at a non-expert audience, and contains guidance and checklists on various aspects of identifying and handling human remains in situations of armed conflict. This includes checklists for gathering identifying information from family members and eye-witnesses, guidance on temporary burial, and how to conserve information from surface remains. Available in additional languages here.

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A guide to best practice in armed conflicts and other situations of armed violence

Missing people, DNA analysis and identification of human remains: A guide to best practice in armed conflicts and other situations of armed violence

This ICRC publication is intended for a more specialist audience, with prior training and access to appropriate resources. It may be helpful reading for non-experts who want to better understand the principles of DNA identification in order to inform their work. It is available in additional languages here.

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