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What will it take to improve access to human rights information online?

Challenges in accessing human rights information are a significant problem for advocates. But they are also a problem for human rights bodies (the information producers) because these barriers impact their ability to realise their promise for those who promote and protect human rights. There is no standard collection of documents for information on international human […]

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Starting at the Source: Introducing Uwazi Reveal

Documenting human rights violations is a crucial part in ongoing or potential transitional justice efforts, as it often leads to national and international litigation or supports (future) transitional justice mechanisms. Providing technological and methodological support to these documentation efforts is at the heart of HURIDOCS’ work. For more than three decades, HURIDOCS has developed free, […]

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Call for Nominations – 2019 Martin Ennals Award

Every year HURIDOCS joins nine leading human rights organisations in honoring finalists of the Martin Ennals Award (MEA), a prize that aims to recognise the work of individuals and organisations who promote and defend fundamental human rights in dangerous environments and often at great personal risk. The award is named after Martin Ennals (1927-1991), co-founder […]

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Friedhelm Weinberg receives OSF New Executives Fund grant to focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning

We are proud to announce that our executive director Friedhelm Weinberg was named among the recipients of a New Executives Fund grant on 25 January 2018. The award granted by Open Society Foundations is intended to give newly appointed executives the flexibility to invest in the organisation’s development or their own leadership. Today, as the […]

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On the Passing of Asma Jahangir

It is with great sorrow that we learned about the passing of Asma Jahangir on Sunday, 11 February.  A prominent lawyer and renowned human rights defender, Asma was at the forefront of human rights movement in Pakistan, often taking on the most dangerous and challenging cases despite great personal risks. She passed away because of […]

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CEJIL uses Uwazi to improve access to documents of the Inter-American Human Rights System

We’re proud to announce the launch of CEJIL’s (Center for Justice and International Law) new online database to improve access to the decisions of the organs of the Inter-American Human Rights System. This is an open, interactive, online tool that holds over 1500 decisions belonging to more than 270 causes, in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. […]

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Uwazi is launched at the NGO Forum in the Gambia!

Being an information hub calls for more than just building a database. It means finding out what people need, assembling relevant information, organising it in an intuitive way, publishing it, and inviting feedback from users. It’s a vital role, and one that requires a  lot of work (as we at HURIDOCS know!). But what may […]

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Centre for Human Rights launches African court jurisprudence database built on Uwazi!

We’re happy to announce that the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria has launched an online database of jurisprudence and commentary for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights! Access the Centre for Human Rights’ AfCHPR database >> This database is built on Uwazi – our web-based, open-source platform for organising, […]

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Making Uwazi Smarter: Our vision for integrating machine learning into Uwazi

We are happy to announce that we have received six months of support from the Prototype Fund, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to improve the way human rights organisations analyse document collections by combining human expert knowledge with machine intelligence. Currently, we are able […]

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Community Discussion Summary: Documenting the Disappeared

Summary now available! Thank you to Justine Di Mayo (Act for the Disappeared, Lebanon), Özlem Kaya (Hafiza Merkezi, Turkey), Tamar Hayrikyan (Técnicas Rudas and Centro Diocesano de Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios, Mexico), Celina Flores (Memoria Abierta, Argentina) and Jorge Ruiz Reyes (Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico city, México) for participating in the community discussion on […]

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HURIDOCS seeking a Communications Intern to help share our knowledge

HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International) is seeking a Communications Intern to start 16 October 2017 (negotiable). This internship can work from our office in Geneva, or remotely online from anywhere. The duration of this internship is 6 months and we expect the intern to work approximately 30 hours per week, but both […]

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Friedhelm reflects on HURIDOCS’ lessons-learned in a “Data is a Team Sport” conversation

On 21 July, HURIDOCS Executive Director Friedhelm Weinberg appeared on School of Data’s “Data is a Team Sport” conversation series with FabRiders founder Dirk Slater, discussing lessons learned over HURIDOCS’ 35-year history of developing data collection tools and methodologies for human rights defenders. Friedhelm spoke with Dirk on topics ranging from the growing technological skills of today’s […]

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Announcing the Finalists for the 2017 Martin Ennals Award

FreeThe5KH, Karla Avelar and Mohamed Zaree have just been named finalists for this year’s Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The global prize for human rights defenders, the Martin Ennals Award is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organisations to draw international attention to defenders, who put themselves at […]

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Community-sourced recommendations on sustaining open source products

Most of the technological aspirations and objectives that we pursue in the human rights and internet freedom communities–transparency, security, openness for modification/adaptation to different contexts, etc.– are necessarily based on Free and Open-source Software (FOSS). However, launching a successful FOSS project can present significant challenges. This March at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) in Valencia, […]

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Applying machine learning to detect judicial bias in the Pacific Islands

Language is a beautiful way of communication that provides us with infinite ways to express ourselves. However, understanding language requires a complex combination of grammatical, contextual as well as cultural knowledge. Once this skill is developed, we naturally comprehend the meaning of spoken and written language. This results in the ability to quickly scan through […]

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Community Discussion: Holistic security in practice

Summary and recording available! Human rights work is a fulfilling and rewarding vocation. But it can also be frustrating, exhausting, and risky. We know that it is important to think about psycho-social well-being, organizational security, legal and digital security, yet we struggle to put these concepts into practice. Digital or physical security cannot be addressed […]

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