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HuriSearch - the human rights search engine

HuriSearch – the human rights search engine

What is HuriSearch?

HuriSearch is part of a wider HURIDOCS research initiative started in 2003, to harness technologies for internet search, for use by human rights organisations in their documentation work.

HuriSearch is a human rights search engine. It enables you to search the content of over 5000 websites. In total over ten million pages of human rights-specific web content!

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Why is it useful?

Because HuriSearch indexes only human rights websites, this means that it retrieves only results that are relevant to human rights. For example, a search for “women” will list results about discrimination of women, and violence against women. Results from general search engines like Google, for the same search, would be very different!

Search results are ranked by relevance, and not by popularity. This gives researchers access to valuable information produced by smaller and lesser know country-specific or theme-specific organisations. Again, these results would be less likely to be listed by Google.

Search results can also be sorted by type of source organisation, by source organisation, by source country, even by type of document  Рthis makes it possible to see who is publishing what about a given topic.

What technology did we use?

HuriSearch is built using a combination of open source Apache technologies called Lucene and Solr. These technologies power the site-search of many websites including


Technology partner

HURIDOCS technology partner for HuriSearch, and search technologies is Dominique Bejean of Wiizio, who developed a unique crawler based on Java, specifically for this project.

Taking action: next steps

  • Try out HuriSearch.
  • Make sure your organisation is listed in the results, and contact us to let us know if we need to add it.
  • Do you need a vertical search engine that will allow you search specific sets of sources that you are tracking (child rights, refugee rights, etc)? Please contact us to discuss.


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