DigitHarium Events 1 September 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CET

Digital Dilemmas Debate #6: Forensic Archaeology and new tools in the humanitarian search for the Missing

Video

Speakers & panellists

Omar Odeh
Host

Omar Odeh

Head of Regional Delegation for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries (ICRC)

Denise Abboud
Moderator

Denise Abboud

Regional Forensic Manager for the Near and Middle East (ICRC)

Derek Congram
Speaker

Derek Congram

Forensic specialist at the Regional Delegation for East Asia (ICRC)

Jon	Sterenberg
Speaker

Jon Sterenberg

Forensic Consultant

Brad Samuels
Speaker

Brad Samuels

Founding Partner (SITU Research)

Rafael de Abreu e Souza
Speaker

Rafael de Abreu e Souza

Forensic Coordinator for Iraq (ICRC)

About the event

What should humanitarians know about imagery and remote sensing in the search for missing persons? What tools are available to survey unmarked graves containing human remains?

To mark the International Day of the Disappeared, we have organized a specialist talk to discuss how remote sensing technologies are changing forensic work in the search for missing persons. With experts from the humanitarian sector, academia and research, we will be discussing what the most important changes are, what activities they are making more feasible – and what considerations people need to keep in mind when determining which tools can best support their work.

The discussion is part of the August thematic path – Clarifying the fate of the missing in the digital age.

The series

The Digital Dilemmas Debates are a series of roundtable discussions between prominent experts and stakeholders from different sectors about the humanitarian digital transformation, its implications and the work ahead. Each month, they will explore a different type or trend in the technologies used to respond to various types of crisis, and offer reflections on what is coming next.

The Digital Dilemmas Debates are a component of the DigitHarium, which is part of the Humanitarian Data and Trust Initiative (HDTI).

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Additional resources

[VIDEO] Using drones in the search for the missing | The Laws of War (01:11)

Missing People, DNA Analysis and Identification of Human Remains: A Guide to Best Practice in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Armed Violence (available in EN, FR, PO, ES, RU, AR)

Respect for the dead under Islamic law: Considerations for humanitarian forensics (21 min read) by Ahmed Al-Dawoody

COVID-19 and Islamic burial laws: safeguarding dignity of the dead (16 min read) by Ahmed Al-Dawoody and Oran Finegan

Date & Time

1 September 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CET

Online event