Forensic Odontology for Human Rights Group

Notice

May 03, 2019

On behalf of the board, we announce the dissolution of the association and reverting back to an international group of professionals with no hierarchy (no president, vice president or board). 

Having been an association for a short period of time made us realise that our strength doesn’t come from being an official entity, but rather in our diversity and passion for our field. This comradery is unique and needs to be acknowledged, celebrated and protected.

The decision to be a friendly group of professionals, although not easy, is the best way to maintain the spirit that was created by all of you.  
We hope, going forward, that we all maintain that spirit and continue with the fantastic collaboration,  seen and felt, so far. 

From now on, we are all equal, no hierarchy and no entity to be affiliated with, it’ll just be a safe space for professionals who have passion and dedication to promoting the best practice in Forensic Odontology and the protection human rights through our expertise. 

Thank you all for being who you are and thank you for trusting the board members to represent you, knowing that their mission is to make the decisions in the best interest of this group. 

Foundation

On the 5th of May 2015, during the Interpol DVI meeting in Lyon, France, the idea was born to establish this group by three Forensic Odontologists:

- Sakher AlQahtani (Saudi Arabia)
- Joe Adserias (Spain)
- Emilio Nuzzolese (Italy)

The idea was presented to the Forensic Odontology working group in the Interpol and immediately 8 Forensic Odontologists from 7 countries joined the group

Since constitution the number of members has risen to 120 members who share the same values from 47 different Countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Oman,  Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Srilanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay
Forensic Odontology for Human Rights
Forensic Odontology for Human Rights is an  international group of interested proffesional who share the values of promoting contemporary forensic odontology as a humanitarian tool to preserve human rights

The Group is a rooster of forensic odontologists and oral health professionals with forensic background to promote forensic odontology and forensic science principles to caseworks with the purpose of preventing Human Rights violations through the application of best practice in:

- Human identification
- Age estimation
- And wherever dental evidence is involved 


Dental evidence and a correct multidisciplinary approach are important in criminal investigations for the best outcome of the forensic analysis. Teeth and jaws can provide a tremendous amount of information in many fields:

- Disaster victim identification
- Missing and unidentified persons
- Child abuse and neglect
- Domestic violence and sexual abuse
- Age estimation of unaccompanied minors at border control and in human trafficking of minors' cases


An incomplete post mortem assessment can lead to a delayed identification and represents a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law

Forensic Odontology can lead to a swift identification of nameless cadavers, also it provides evidence to the families which may be use in Court, as in cases of genocide and mass graves or after a terroristic attack


Forensic Odontology for Human Rights Group members are helping in forensic casework, teaching and scientific research in odontology and dentistry applied to forensic sciences


Given the low numbers of well-trained and experienced Forensic Odontologists around the world today and the risk of omitting odontolgical assessment where appropriate, Forensic Odontology for Human Rights members can be utilized as a resource