Association of Forensic Odontology for Human Rights


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 125 experts in Forensic Odontology from 47 different Countries:

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

The Group seeks 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 volunteering for forensic
casework, teaching and scientific research in odontology and dentistry applied to
forensic sciences

Given the low numbers of well-trained and experienced Odontologists around the world
today and the risk of omitting odontolgical assessment where appropriate, Forensic
Odontology for Human Rights can be utilized as a resource to prevent human rights
violations by promoting routine involvement of odontologists and best practice in
odontological assessments