Robert Howard Kirschner

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:972

Forensic pathologist who investigated mass killings in Bosnia and Rwanda

Robert H Kirschner was a forensic pathologist who was hooked on human rights work. His activities took him wherever torture, extra-judicial executions, and mass killings had occurred— to Central and South America, to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. One of his most prominent cases was the 1996 examination of four sites of mass graves near the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where Serbs were thought to have slaughtered about 8000 Muslim men and boys. Kirschner worked for awfully long hours, in horrible conditions amid the stench of mass burial. His findings helped contribute to the 2001 conviction of General Radislav Krstic by the International Tribunal in the Hague on charges of genocide.

Kirschner's human rights odyssey began in 1985 when he joined a team formed by the American Association for …

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