In the first of a new series on academics who conduct research in extreme circumstances, Gillian Fowler recalls the six years she spent working as a forensic anthropologist exhuming mass graves in Guatemala. Fowler also mentions her consulting work for PHR in Kabul, Afghanistan, training a team of Afghans to carry out mass grave investigations.
PHR applauds today’s vote by the US House of Representatives to pass legislation that would place sanctions on Russians implicated in the torture and death three years ago of a Russian anti-corruption lawyer.
The International Peoples’ Health Tribunal (IPHT) took place in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, a municipality in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. San Miguel Ixtahuacán is the main site of the Marlin mine, an open pit gold mine that is one of the most important projects of Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc. The Marlin Mine was investigated by PHR in 2010.
The cremation of tissue, organs, and other samples in the death investigation of 37-year-old lawyer Sergei Magnitsky appears to be a calculated attempt to prevent justice. Magnitsky died following 358 days in police custody in Moscow in November 2009.
CNN's Libby Lewis talks to PHR's Stefan Schmitt about the difficulties in finding evidence in the trial of Radko Mladic.