World-renowned forensics lab in Argentina closed due to budget cuts

EAFF members work in a mass grave found in a detention center during the military dictatorship in Tucuman

EAFF members work in a mass grave found in a detention center during the military dictatorship in Tucuman province

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The team that has been identifying bodies since 1986 was hit by the IMF's budgetary targets.

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) - one of the main organizations specializing in restoring identities from mortal remains, both in Argentina and the world - has announced that it will cease its activities due to budget cuts.

The reduction of state contributions to human rights organizations is part of the 2019 budget adjustment, approved by the Argentine parliament, and aims to adapt the country to the goals imposed by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).

"This is the first time we will stop working in 32 years. I would like to meet with President Mauricio Macri to explain to him the importance of our work," said EEAF president Luis Fondebrier. The Forensics, as they are called, started working back in 1986, in an attempt to identify the bones and other remains of people who had disappeared during the military dictatorship (1976-1983).

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