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If You Were Tasked With Assessing The Forensic Significance (E.G. Cause Of Death, Transportation Of Bodies, Deposition In Graves, Etc) Of The Condition Of Human Remains Buried In Various Clandestine Contexts Across Iraq, Essay

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If you were tasked with assessing the forensic significance (e.g. cause of death, transportation of bodies, deposition in graves, etc) of the condition of human remains buried in various clandestine contexts across Iraq, how would you approach this and why?
In the early 1990’s, the group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), first revealed to the world the extent of the then Iraqi governments ‘Anfal’ campaign against the Kurds [1]. Estimates of death at the time conservatively were believed to be in the region of 100,000, however, given the length of Sadam Hussain’s ‘scorched earth’ campaign, which ran from 1988 essentially until the fall of his government in 2003, the numbers are likely to be considerably higher [2]. Of course, whilst much focus is placed upon the atrocities dealt upon the Kurds, one must also take into the account murderous crimes committed against Shiites,   Sunnis, Egyptians, Iranians and Kuwaitis during this time [3]. In the period following the US lead Allied invasion of Iraq in 2003, US investigators identified in the region of 230 probable mass graves across Iraq [4]. Many more are still being uncovered [5]. It is in the wake of such discoveries, and others around the world, that there is increasing recognition of the need for multidisciplinary teams of forensically specialised investigators, who cover a range of skill-sets, notably forensic archaeology and anthropology, to serve the needs of humanitarian law whilst working to recognised standards and protocols, in the common aim of serving justice [6].
Before discussing the forensic significance of human remains buried in clandestine graves in Iraq, one must first consider definitions and the explanation of terminology when regarding such burials. As remarked upon by Jessee et al, ‘terminological exactitude is desirable in law’, and the very nature of science demands clarity [7]. The phrases “expedient”, “sanitary” and “clandestine” have been used when referring to burials; but in the case of...

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