Many civilisations and religions regard death as a transitional period, bridging one stage of life with another. Protecting the dead and thus ensuring that human remains are respected is essential to ensure dignity for all and to show respect for the feelings of loved ones who are still alive. Islamic law contains many rules to that effect, which must guide the actions of forensic specialists, including during armed conflict and other situations of violence. This paper looks at the humanitarian needs around the issue of the dead in conflict and emergency situations through the perspective of Islamic law.
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