Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
LESSA, Andrea. Violence and impunity in check: problems and perspectives under the optics of the forensic anthropology in Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.5, pp. 1855-1863. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232009000500027.
Forensic anthropology is playing an increasingly important role facing violence and impunity in many countries. A research performed at police stations of Civil Police and Forensic Institutes of six Brazilian capitals demonstrated that the practice of recover and positive identification of human remains has been neglected in different levels. The main problem is the lack of specific training of the professionals that accomplish the expertise in field and laboratory, but also the fact that no anthropological database of disappeared people is available. As a result of this situation, an expressive number of human remains leave the forensic institutes without positive identification, and criminal inquiries of homicides stay without resolution, contributing to the aggravation of the violence and impunity scenery that devastates the country.
Keywords : Violence; Impunity; Forensic anthropology; Public health.