The Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation


New guidance on investigating and protecting mass graves has been published by Bournemouth University in partnership with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation brings together legal rules, and informed practice to support those protecting and investigating mass grave sites.

Mass graves contain evidence that is essential to the realisation of truth, justice and perpetrator accountability. Effective rules and procedures for the protection, maintenance and investigation of mass graves are therefore vital. The Protocol brings together relevant legal guidance and the chronological processes of mass grave protection and investigation to support and inform practitioners. These could include government and state officials, legal personnel and forensic experts.

The Bournemouth Protocol is free to access here

The Protocol is also available in the following translations (see also project website: https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/projects/mass-grave-protection-truth-justice)

Arabic

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_arabic?fr=sNmJlMzI0MjAyNzM

Bosnian

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_bosnian?fr=sZTJkZjI0MjAyNzM

Dari

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_dari?fr=sNDFlNjI0MjAyNzM

French

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_french?fr=sZGE5MjI0MjAyNzM

Georgian

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_georgian?fr=sMWE1ZDM0NjAxNjc

Kurdish

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_kurdish?fr=sYzk3NzI0MjAyNzM

MY Burmese

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_my_burmese?fr=sYTNiYjI0MjAyNzM

Portuguese

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_portuguese?fr=sOGE0NjI0MjAyNzM

Russian

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_russian?fr=sMzFhNTI0MjAyNzM

Simplified Chinese

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_simplified_chinese?fr=sMmRhODI0MjAyNzM

Spanish

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_spanish?fr=sYTdmZDI0MjAyNzM

Swahili

https://issuu.com/bournemouthuniversity/docs/mass_graves_project_swahili?fr=sNzM5OTI0MjAyNzM