ANNUAL REPORT 2003
As the request of "The Provincial Commission of Exhumations of the Bodies Buried in the City of Kuito," and in partnership with the Christian Children's Fund (CCF) EAAF conducted a preliminary mission in the city of Kuito, Bie Province, Angola.
In 2003, EAAF continued its work in Argentina to identify people who disappeared during the last military regime, moving investigations forward in the Province of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Jujuy. The team also continued to work on the re-examination of unscientific exhumations related to disappeared people. EAAF team members conducted training for a variety of audiences and taught courses at the University of Buenos Aires to strengthen the forensic anthropology field in Argentina.
At the request of the Association of Relatives of the Disappeared (ASFADES) and the Colombian Commission of Jurists, EAAF provided forensic advice on the exhumation in Montería, Córdoba, as part of the investigation of the "Pueblo Bello" case by the Attorney General of the Human Rights Unit of the Attorney General's Office of Medellín.
At the request of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights office of MONUC, EAAF joined a Special Investigative Team from MONUC to investigate the incidents that occurred in the village of Drodro and its surroundings, in the eastern part of the country, in April, 2003.
At the request of Tutela Legal and the Legal Office of the Archbishop of El Salvador, EAAF conducted two missions in El Salvador in 20003 related to two massacres from the civil war: El Mozote and El Barrío.
At the request of two local organizations, TIFA and KONTRAS, EAAF conducted its second mission to Indonesia to lead a workshop for forensic specialists and local non-governmental organizations, and participate in a seminar on the legal framework for forensic work in Indonesia.
In response to a request by the United Nations Secretary General, EAAF participated on a team organized by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to explore the potential for investigation of human rights violations that occured during the 2002 conflict.
At the invitation of the Kenyan Independent Medico Legal Unit, IMLU, EAAF evaluated cases from 1957 and 1984 from a forensic standpoint. EAAF also gave presentations to the academic, forensic and law enforcement communities on forensic anthropology and its application in human rights investigations.
In a first mission, at the request of the Special Prosecutor for Social and Political Movements of the Past (FEMOSPP), EAAF made a preliminary assessment of the possible gravesites of persons disappeared during the political violence of the 1960s and 1970s. In a second mission, EAAF participated in a conference on forensic science in Cuernavaca, Morelos, giving a workshop on forensic anthropology to forensic representatives of state-level human rights commissions. EAAF also began preliminary work on the Ciudad Juárez case.
SPECIAL SECTION REPORTS
In July, 2004, EAAF celebrated its 20th anniversary in Buenos Aires with public events and a ceremony to honor Dr. Clyde Snow, who helped found the team in 1984.
ALAF was created in February, 2003 and held its first meeting in Sherman, Texas. In July, 2004, ALAF held its second annual conference in Antigua, Guatemala.
EAAF continued its participation in the International Committee of the Red Cross project, "The Missing," which addresses the problem of people unaccounted for as a result of armed conflict or internal violence and to assist their families.
1)Video Documentation: "Following Antigone"
2)Re-launch of EAAF Web Site
3)EAAF Traveling Photo Exhibit