Honoris Causa of the UNCuyo to investigators who identified the remains of the disappeared in Mendoza

At the request of the Human Rights Area from Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, which approved the Better advice, the UNCUYO will grant the title of Honoris Causa Doctors.

The scientific merits of both professionals arise from their performance at Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team ( EAAF), whose global, national and local contributions highlight the scientific significance and political-historical relevance of the work carried out in the search for Memory, Truth and Justice, indicates a statement from the House of Higher Studies.

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A task without borders

The EAAF is a prestigious scientific, non-governmental and non-profit organization created in 1984, which is dedicated to contributing to the investigation of cases of human rights violations through forensic sciences. The Association was also part of the creation of the National Genetic Data Bank. Since its formation in our country, it responds to the need to investigate cases of enforced disappearance on the last dictatorship and the period before the coup, and in the identification of remains of murdered and missing persons.

The EAAF makes incalculable contributions to the search for Truth and Justice in judicial investigations and civil society organizations, integrating the tools of the Anthropology and the Archeology to a methodology that involves the context, incorporating the testimony as a fundamental tool of their task.

His work, internationally recognized, also includes the development of research, education and training for suitable professionals who continue with the objectives of the EAAF in different countries and continents. Thus, for more than 35 years it has been working at the service of communities victims of political violence in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Zimbabwe, French Polynesia, East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Republic of Georgia, Romania, Spain, Iraqi Kurdistan and Morocco, among others.

Regarding the team’s work in Mendoza, highlights the process of excavations and identification of missing persons made in the call Table 33 of the Cemetery of the Capital as of February 2010. The objective has been to search for the remains of people who disappeared during the last civic-military-ecclesiastical dictatorship in Mendoza.

The trajectory


Silvana Turner She has a degree in Anthropological Sciences and a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the UBA, an institution where she works as a professor teaching classes at the Faculty of Medicine. Since 1988 she has been a researcher and member of the EAAF and, since 2003, is a founding member of the Latin American Association of Forensic Anthropology (ALAF). Between 1988 and 2018 he has served as an expert in the exhumation and analysis of human skeletal remains of disappeared persons during the last military dictatorship in Argentina, as well as having participated in recent cases of police abuse and disappearances under investigation by the justice in Buenos Aires , La Plata, Mar del Plata, Corrientes, Catamarca, Chaco, Tucumán, Salta, Santiago del Estero, La Pampa, Santa Fe, San Juan, San Rafael, Esquel, Bahía Blanca and Mendoza.

Anahí Ginarte She has a degree in Anthropology from the National University of La Plata, an institution that awarded her the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in 2015. Between 1990 and 2017 he was a full member of the EAAF and from 2008 to 2017 he headed the EAAF Office in the province of Córdoba. Currently she works as a forensic anthropologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Judicial Power of Córdoba, with the position of Auxiliary Officer. He has served as an expert in the exhumation and analysis of human skeletal remains of disappeared people in different parts of the country such as Córdoba, Mendoza, Lomas de Zamora, San Luis, San Juan, La Plata and Bahía Blanca. Likewise, he has worked on the identification of skeletal remains in countries such as Ethiopia, Panama, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bosnia, Croatia, South Africa, and El Salvador, among others.

Other Honoris Causa of the University

Among the writers, scientists, leaders, artists and prominent personalities honored by the National University of Cuyo with this award, we can mention Mijail Gorbachov, Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Draghi Lucero, Liliana Bodoc, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, René Favaloro, Antonio Di Benedetto, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Mercedes Sosa, Gustavo Santaolalla, Estela de Carlotto, Noé Jitrik, Eduardo Galeano, Evo Morales, Leonardo Favio, Baltasar Garzón, Luis Scaffati, Teun Van Dijk and the former president of Brazil Inácio Lula da Silva. Also joining the list are the political scientist Atilio Borón, the playwright Arístides Vargas, the Spanish historian Flocel Sabaté Currull, the jurist Luigi Ferrajoli, Oscar Oszlak, the French psychomotorist Bernard Aucouturier, the Spanish psychologist Cristina Jenaro Ríos, the specialist in Medieval Philosophy Carol Harrison, the writer Angélica Gorodischer, the President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas, the Mendoza plastic artist Julio Le Parc, the psychomotor expert Agnés Szanto, the international feminist reference Silvia Federici, the Mendoza musician and composer Damián Sánchez, the philosopher Enrique Dussel, the French specialist in Human Rights, Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, the North American biologist Philip Stahl, the prestigious graphic humorist, Joaquín Lavado Quino, the anthropologist and feminist activist Rita Segato, the historian and political scientist Natalio Botana, and the philosopher and reference in science education, Jean-Claude Guédon is The last among the most recent.

Source: UNCuyo Press.

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