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The world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics (ICHF) was launched on 20 June 2018 in Gujarat, India by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives.
ICHF is the first definitive effort at institutionalizing humanitarian forensic action within an existing university system. The Centre will conduct various academic and professional programmes, training, research and provide technical expertise to support operations (together with authorities and agencies concerned) in the field of humanitarian forensics.
The launch event also kicked off an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics 21-22 June 2018, bringing together international forensic science experts from Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sri Lanka and India to discuss issues and best practices in the area of humanitarian forensics.
Forensic Odontology was presented by two invited forensic odontologists, Dr. Jayanie Weeratna, Institute of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Dr. Emilio Nuzzolese (Italy), chairman of Forensic Odontology for Human Rights and President of Dental Team DVI Italia. Humanitarian forensic odontology was the topic of their presentations, highlighting the importance of performing always a dental autopsy for the Identification of unidentified human remains and involve experienced odontologists in age estimation and contrast of child abuse & neglect.
“Forensic odontology can become pivotal in all criminal investigations where dental evidence is collected. Moreover, human rights belong to human beings and they don’t come to an end after a death. This is one of the reasons why we promote best practice in human identification through humanitarian forensic odontology”, pointed out dr Nuzzolese in his conclusions.