HURIDOCS is an international NGO helping human rights organisations use information technologies and documentation methods to maximise the impact of their advocacy work.
We develop tools and techniques, and provide advocates with customised training and support.
HURIDOCS is also an informal, open and decentralised network of human rights organisations who wish to put together their experiences and creativity to develop common standards and tools for information management. Membership is open to all.
By virtue of its nature as an inclusive network, HURIDOCS is the ideal forum to ensure that common approaches standards are developed in a collaborative and inclusive manner. This facilitates the exchange of information.
The network structure also makes it possible to draw on the experience of its members: indeed most of the tools were developed by task forces which included human rights workers from all over the world, and from various disciplines.
For more than three decades HURIDOCS has been actively involved in promoting and providing documentation techniques, monitoring methods, information management systems and technologies in the defense of human rights.
In that time we have developed standards and thesauri for human rights reporting, guidebooks for the human rights community, computer based tools for the documentation of human rights violations and the classification of library documents, and search technology to provide speedy access to human rights information. We also work with organisations to maximise the impact of their information by building websites tailored to the needs of human rights organisations.
- Registered as Association with the Registre du commerce of the Canton of Geneva.
- Consultative Status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
- Consultative Status with UNESCO
- Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
- Member of the European Co-ordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation (ECCHRD).
- Member of the Jury of the Martin Ennals Award.