The Events Standard Formats are a methodology for using the “violations” approach in monitoring and documenting all types of human rights: civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural. They are integrated, flexible and adaptable, and cover the various aspects of documenting human rights events.
This document contains formats with defined fields and instructions to assist organisations in documenting human rights-related events and in designing their databases, and for exchange of information among organisations.
The document introduces basic concepts in documenting violations and describes tools and techniques that can be used. It provides a general overview of the Events Standard Formats and the Micro-thesauri for terminology. It gives guidelines for completing, using and adapting the Events Standard Formats. Scope notes contain principles and guidelines for recording information in specific formats and fields.