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Call for Nominations – 2017 Martin Ennals Award

The Martin Ennals Foundation has called for nominations for the 2017 Martin Ennals Award, an annual prize for human rights defenders. The goal of the award is to recognise the work of courageous human rights defenders, and provide protection when they are at risk. HURIDOCS is one of the ten organisations forming the jury. Deadline: […]

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HURIDOCS 2009-2014: Tackling the hard challenges

New board elected, statutes updated and looking back at five years of growth

At a recent General Meeting, the HURIDOCS General Assembly has elected a new board, adopted considerably revised statutes and reflected on five years of growth. As of 16 April, Alix Dunn, Douglas Arellanes and Gisella Reina have joined the HURIDOCS board and will contribute their experience in institutional development, digital security and software development. They […]

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HURIDOCS general meeting for 2014

The next HURIDOCS general meeting will be held in Geneva from 18.00 to 19.15 on 16 April 2014. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: Review of progress on 5 year strategic plan Approval of target budget for 2014 Approval of accounts for 2013 Discussion of amendments to statutes Any other items of business […]

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The Day We Fight Back

Privacy is a human right: People need it, governments have to protect it and business has to respect it. Too often, this is not the case. Today is the day we fight back. Thousands of individuals, international experts and a coalition of NGOs from all around the globe demand an end to unchecked mass surveillance. […]

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Tails: Web Security, Privacy and Anonymity

As state surveillance and web monitoring become more prevalent, human rights groups should take extra precaution while using the Internet. Many web tools exist that making hacking and monitoring more difficult, although tools alone will not make you safe. One that does help human rights groups quite a bit is called Tails, a live operating […]

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Books Become Databases: ICJ and HURIDOCS Launch Resources on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Publications, legislation and jurisprudence on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have become available and well-accessible in two landmark databases on the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) website. With technical support from HURIDOCS, ICJ makes available in an innovative way all jurisprudence and doctrine on SOGI from the UN human rights system in one database, […]

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Landmark database for the Americas

HURIDOCS working on a Caselaw Analyzer for the Americas together with CEJIL (content partner) and Ketse.com (technology partner) Our vision of available and well-accessible human rights case law is becoming reality, as HURIDOCS and CEJIL met last week to bring the work for the Americas to a new level. From July 2013 on, a first […]

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HURIDOCS in five minutes and ten slides

Recently, we gave a presentation on the work we’re doing at the excellent ICTs for Social Justice Meet-Up in London. It gives a very short overview on our approach and a few examples of our work on the intersection of ICT, information science and human rights. We thank Tony Roberts (who has a fantastic blog […]

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A global approach to human rights case law

It is a vision, but it is becoming reality already – a platform that brings all international human rights case law together in one place. In this post, we sketch out why it is important, how it can be done and why sense-making should be the guiding principle. How long does it take to find […]

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Hans Thoolen (second from right) at the Quito conference in Spring 1982, the most important conference before HURIDOCS was officially founded a few months later

“We were breaking new ground”

Hans Thoolen talks about the excitement of founding HURIDOCS, why the human rights community nowadays resembles a church with too many priests (and too few believers) and what made Latin American human rights defenders embrace technology before everyone else. Looking back at decades of involvement in human rights work, he also sketches out his idea […]

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Making work easy – new CCP-AU website online

The new website of the Centre for Citizen’s Participation on the African Union is online, making the CCP-AU’s work easier and more accessible. It is a great example that for small organisations often less is more, when it comes to their website. With the free and easy WordPress content management system the CCP-AU has all […]

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The new website of the International Commission of Jurists

New tools developed, new ICJ website online

The new website of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is online and this is good news, as now there is much improved access to an incredible amount of resources about human rights violations all around the globe. The work had started in March and it has been great working with the ICJ. The wide […]

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HURIDOCS takes part in Alaveteli Conference – Oxford, 2 and 3 April 2012

On 2 and 3 April, Michael Goecken and Oleg Burlaca represented HURIDOCS at the Alaveteli Conference in Oxford. The event was organized by MySociety and there were around 80 participants from around the world, with the majority of organizations represented being strongly involved with freedom of information and transparency efforts in their countries and communities. […]

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Coming soon: new ACHPR website

See a screenshot of the new website of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights. User friendly, complete, informative, multilingual and beautiful. All the information you need at the click of a mouse. Coming soon. Stay tuned!      

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Is there life beyond spreadsheets?

We think so. Introducing Drawing by Numbers, a new resource from Tactical Tech: (http://drawingbynumbers.org/) **** Data visualisation has become very popular and there are all kinds of free, online tools begging to visualise everything from your daily coffee intake to your social network. But which of these are good and which are just a waste […]

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Documenting Existing Casualty Recording Practice Worldwide

The Oxford Research Group has embarked upon a project to document existing casualty recording practice worldwide. There are numerous casualty recording initiatives around the world, some operating in the midst of ongoing conflicts, and others in a post-conflict environment. Each initiative has amassed some level of experience and relevant expertise in dealing with the problems […]

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Online dialogue: Using Technology to Promote Transparency

Join New Tactics, the Technology for Transparency Team, and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Using Technology to Promote Transparency from September 21 to 27, 2011. There has been an expanding and increasingly global movement of technology and digital media projects aimed at promoting government transparency, accountability, and public participation in political processes.  In […]

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Prototype Global Disability Rights Library Launches

Human rights and disability rights advocates around the globe can now access a newly launched tool for finding the knowledge and toolkits they need: the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) at http://gdrl.org. A prototype “test” version of this library is being made available both on-line and off-line so that users can share feedback with the GDRL team […]

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