Do the dead have human rights?

By examining the history of the application of forensic techniques to humanitarian issues, can we now argue that the dead have human rights?

Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor in Sociology at LSE, has been exploring this history as well as examining the challenges and innovations in the forensics field in contemporary Mexico. Her research project, "Human Rights Human Remains: Forensic Humanitarianism and the Politics of the Grave", promises to confront the human rights paradigm by including the dead in the category of who counts as "human".

Do the dead have human rights?

Watch this short film to find out about Claire Moon's exploration of forensic humanitarianism and the mass dead.

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