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Missing persons

International humanitarian law - Missing

In war, many people go missing, causing anguish and uncertainty for their families and friends. People have the right to know what happened to their missing relatives. Governments, the military authorities and armed groups have an obligation to provide information and assist efforts to put families back together. Read full overview

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  • Forensic identification of human remains

    This brochure outlines the forensic process of identifying human remains, with an emphasis on the scientific matching of data.

  • The ante-mortem/post-mortem database

    The proper management of forensic data is crucial for identifying human remains and resolving cases of disappearance. This brochure describes the AMPM Database, an electronic tool that facilitates the identification of remains by supporting the archiving, standardization, reporting, searching, and analysis of forensic data.

Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine
    I’m alive

    The importance of uniting families separated in times of crisis is becoming increasingly central to the Movement’s response — from Indonesia, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine, No 1, 2010.

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