Training logbook

Recent or ongoing training and capacity building projects:

  • BurundiBurundi, September 2009: one-week workshop with the Human Rights and Justice Division of United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), on documentation of violations using the Events approach and the OpenEvsys application. BINUB wishes to use the OpenEvsys to monitor violations in Burundi and analyse patterns and trends.
  • LRFKenya, September 2009: one week needs assessment and advisory mission for Legal Resources Foundation Trust, on information handling systems for data collected on violations. Includes an initial training on how to apply the “who did what to whom” approach to documenting violations.
  • Geneva, August 2009: one-week workshop with Tactical Tech Collective (TTC) and Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), on documentation of violations using the Events approach and the OpenEvsys application, and capacity building of human rights organisations in this area. Both TTC and GHRD plan to work on building capacity of human rights groups they work with.
  • EthiopiaEthiopia, August 2009: one week needs assessment for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, on needs with regards to an electronic system for handling complaints collected and processed by the Commission’s investigation team.
  • CCHRCambodia, July 2008 and July 2009: Several weeks of training for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights on documentation of violations using the Events approach and the OpenEvsys application. CCHR plans to use OpenEvsys to record and analyse data on violations that it collects, and also offer capacity building support to other Cambodian NGOs.
  • RussiaRussian Federation, January 2009 – ongoing: capacity building of a group of human rights organisations involved in litigation, with the purpose of improving their information systems and digital security. Sponsored by Open Society Institute.
  • docipThailand, November 2008: training on monitoring and documentation for indigenous peoples organisations in Bangladesh, North-East India and Indonesia. Organised in collaboration with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and DoCip.
  • Amnesty LogoKenya, April 2008: Documentation training for members of the Amnesty Netherlands SPA trainers pool. These trainers provide training on the Ukweli manual for fact-finding and reporting. The training focussed on documentation of violations using the WinEvsys database system.
  • GenevaGeneva Advanced Workshop, January 2008: the first edition brought together information management specialists from NGOs, with which HURIDOCS has been working in recent years. The main output of this workshop was to define the requirements for Open Evsys, the which will be a next-generation open source version of the WinEvsys database. The participants were also introduced to the indicators approach to documenting violations, and to the basics of information designPhoto gallery.
  • Ted TDTMexico, 2008 and ongoing: collaboration with the Red TDT, a network of Mexican human rights organisations, on the development of a system to aggregate data from violations collected by all members of the network, including advice on a database system that the Red TDT is currently developing, based on the HURIDOCS’ events standard formats and micro-thesauri.
  • zimZimbabwe, September to December 2007: HURIDOCS worked with Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP),  whose 240 field based monitors investigate and document politically-motivated violence in Zimbabwe. HURIDOCs helped ZPP assess their information handling processes, and re-designed their monitoring approach in line the Events documentation methodology. ZPP now operates a high-capacity documentation centre in Harare based on the WinEvsys database. As part of this capacity building project, Amnesty International also contributed training on fact-finding for ZPP’s field monitors, using the Ukweli course materials.
  • Ain o Salish Kendra chartBangladesh, August 2007 to May 2008: HURIDOCS and Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) partnered to offer capacity building. The organisations include BRAC and BLAST. The project includes a training of trainers in fact-finding, and a training on techniques for documenting violations. The project also includes a one-day workshop for managers, to introduce the techniques and tools to them, and to facilitate coordination and collaboration in the area of documenting violations. See photo gallery of managers workshop, of documentation training.
  • Indonesia 4Indonesia – July 2007: HURIDOCS partnered with Tifa Foundation to provide training on techniques for documenting violations to a group of Indonesian human rights organisations, including Kontras, Imparsial, Elsam, and Komnas HAM Indonesia. The training focussed on the events approach, using the WinEvsys database system to record violations. After the training, the participants formed a support groups animated by Tifa Foundation, to continue the collaboration in the field of documenting violations. See the photo gallery.
  • ilga5Romania – April 2007: HURIDOCS trained human rights monitors from the ILGA-Europe network. The three-day course, entitled “Gathering and Using Information to Combat Discrimination”, covered use of standard formats, controlled vocabularies, handling interviews, writing reports, making interventions. Participants came from all over central Europe. See the photo gallery.
  • moz19Maputo, Mozambique – March 2007: in partnership with Amnesty Netherlands SPA (Special Program for Africa), and the Liga Moçambicana dos Direitos Humanos (LMDH), HURIDOCS is training a group of NGOs in documenting human rights violations using the WinEvsys database system. See the photo gallery.
  • DSC02844.jpgKathmandu, Nepal – February 2007: in partnership with OHCHR and the Nepali Human Rights Commission (NHRC), HURIDOCS delivered two simultaneous trainings: a five-day training on monitoring and fact-finding for 10 NHRC protection officers, and a five-day training on documenting violations using the WinEvsys database system for documentalists from 10 Nepali human rights NGOs. See the photo gallery.
  • IMG_0023.jpgGeneva, Switzerland – December 2006: in partnerhsip with OHCHR and the UNAMI, HURIDOCS organised a ten-day course on library management for Iraqi human rights librarians. These librarians work in university libraries and at the libraries of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. The course was given in Arabic, included modules on how to use and adapt of CDS-ISIS, and several study visits: UNHCR and OHCHR documentation centers, UNOG library, library of law faculty of Geneva University. See the photo gallery.
  • IMG_0007.JPGAnkara, Turkey – November 2006: in partnership with IHOP, HURIDOCS provided training in documentation to a group of human rights NGOs. IHOP is joint platform bringing human rights NGOs in Turkey, and its strategic aim is to enhance monitoring and alternative reporting capacities. The participating NGOs are setting up the HURIDOCS WinEvsys database system to pool together data collected on human rights violations. IHOP translated manuals and software into Turkish. See the photo gallery.
  • IMG_0006.jpgGeneva, Switzerland – July 2006: in partnership with doCip, Chirapaq and RAIPON, HURIDOCS provided two simultaneous trainings on documenting human rights violations to a group of indigenous peoples’ organisations. The first group brough together participants from all over Latin and Central America; the second group brought together documentalists working for indigenous peoples organizations in Russia and Ukraine. The training took place in Geneva, so that the participants could also participate in the discussions at the United Nations related to the rights of indigenous peoples. Drawing on the resources of its international trainers pool, HURIDOCS was able to provide these trainings in both Russian and Spanish. See the photo galleries of the Spanish-speaking course and the Russian-speaking course. Read the report of the Russian-speaking course (at the website of Tribal Links, which provided useful support).
  • P7120311.JPGSerbia, Croatia and Bosnia – July 2006: in partnership with the OSCE, HURIDOCS provided training on documenting human rights violations to a group of NGOs working in favor of refugees. Up to now, these organizations have mainly been providing their beneficiaries with legal assistance and information, mainly with regards to problems relating to access to housing and property. They wish to move to a more active advocacy effort, and will use the HURIDOCS WinEvsys database system to build a synthetic analysis of problems affecting refugees in this area. See photo gallery.

DSCF0019.jpgLiberia – February 2006: in partnership with FOHRD, a Liberian NGO, HURIDOCS provided training in documentation to a group of Liberian human rights NGOs. Their strategic aim is to produce a joint annual report on the human rights situation in Liberia. The participating NGOs are setting up the HURIDOCS WinEvsys database system to pool together data collected on human rights violations, and provide the analysis for this joint report. See the photo gallery.


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