The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics (ICHF) was launched on 20 June 2018 in Gujarat, India by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives.
ICHF is the first definitive effort at institutionalizing humanitarian forensic action within an existing university system. The Centre will conduct various academic and professional programmes, training, research and provide technical expertise to support operations (together with authorities and agencies concerned) in the field of humanitarian forensics. It is envisioned to be the one-stop center of excellence in Asia for global high quality and sustainable capacity building, research and innovative projects that will underpin operational responses for humanitarian forensic purposes in relevant contexts.
The ICHF will also posit sociocultural realities in the application of forensic sciences to the humanitarian sphere and through evidence-based premises, clearly define acceptable practices in a given context with a high premium on respect for the local population, jurisdictional authorities, and appropriate ethical considerations.
The launch event also kicked off an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics 21-22 June 2018, bringing together international forensic science experts from Australia, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Sri Lanka and India to discuss issues and best practices in the area of humanitarian forensics.
Representatives from the medical field, civil society, academia, development and humanitarian sector, as well as disaster management professionals, shared expertise in the field of humanitarian forensics.