The symposium will count on a program that includes round tables (oriented towards Principles, Guidelines, Standards) with the objective of share existing best practices in Humanitarian Forensic Action and identify gaps requiring the improvement or development of applicable standards / best practices required for prevention and social and cultural events. In this paper, we present the results of the study of social and cultural events.

Objective: To share existing best practices in Humanitarian Forensic Action and identify gaps requiring the improvement or development of applicable standards/best practices required for preventing and resolving the tragedy of the missing and to empower communities of practice (practitioners, forensic institutions, forensic networks) in preventing and resolving the missing

Symposium topics include:

  • Search for the dead and missing from the Spanish Civil War
  • Resolving and preventing the tragedy of missing migrants
  • Naming the war dead 35 years on: the case of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Humanitarian forensic action in active conflict
  • Humanitarian forensic action in catastrophic events
  • Restoring the dignity of the dead to help prevent them from becoming missing persons
  • Improving the communication between forensic practitioners and the bereaved
  • New technologies in forensic investigations into the missing
  • Finding the disappeared: the quest of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo
  • Lessons from the Balkans
  • Data-bases for resolving the Missing

Expected results: Recommendations for the improvement, development, dissemination and implementation of standards and best practices in Humanitarian Forensic Action, for preventing and resolving the missing (alive and dead) and for addressing the needs of their families.