What they say about us

Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR), Phonm Penh
“HURIDOCS provided us with their WinEvsys and OpenEvsys (online) databases, and we worked with them to localize these for use in Cambodia. We’ve trained trade unions, human rights NGOs and activists on using them. Working with HURIDOCS, we are revolutionizing the way human rights violations are monitored and documented in Cambodia, and instilling a collaborative approach to promoting and protecting human rights. Thank you HURIDOCS! ” Ou Virak, President

Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Nairobi
“The training by HURIDOCS on OpenEvsys was instrumental in providing a practical platform for LRF to begin a process of managing its old and new information in a manner that is comprehensive, consistent and builds institutional sustainability. This training was delivered to both the staff and mutual partners of LRF who mainly consist of paralegals who are the core facilitators in information collection and collation. This training will build in the Research and Development Programme which is key in monitoring, reporting and e-learning for both programmatic and policy development proposals.

As you plan for 2010, please take into consideration to work with LRF in respect to more training and finalisation of the tools we are developing to ensure that we are able to activate and implement this training fully.” Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu, Executive Director

Tactical Tech Collective, Brighton
“Very soon into the training at HURIDOCS in September this year, I was making a mental list of all the NGOs and colleagues I have here in India who could benefit from the HURIDOCS approach to human rights violations documentation. It’s so simple, yet it allows for so much detail and complexity to be included. Moreover, working with the database allowed me to see how it can be modified to suit the specific cultural and social context I am working in. I know of a number of groups in India working on human rights issues but each one has its own system of recording and organizing data, it would really be useful to have the kind of uniform and precise database that HURIDOCS has developed…maybe even for the National Commission.” Maya Ganesh, Project officer, TTC India

“HURIDOCS training helped us understand if our existing plans for implementing a project “by a community for a community” were workable. It helped us understand what methodologies currently exist and why the “who did what to whom” model is critical. I think also getting some hands on with OpenEvsys made us come to some realizations of the challenges we will face in working with largely illiterate populations. It also gave us a much greater understanding of HURIDOCS and the existing network they have built around Human Rights Documenters.” Dirk Slater, Project Lead

SOVA Centre for Information and Analysis, Moscow
“Sova has long installed the HURIDOCS document management system on its website, and we use this system to search documents. Now, with the participation HURIDOCS work has begun on the restructuring of our web site. As a result, it should soon become more functional for both readers and for ourselves.” Alexander Verkhovsky, Executive Director

Global Human Rights Defence, The Hague
“HURIDOCS has been crucial in strengthening the capacities of Global Human Rights Defence in many aspects of our work. Their manuals and vocabularies on human rights documentation has guided us in the development of our frameworks and methods for fact-finding & documentation, and guided our local human rights observers in their work. Furthermore, three-day training with HURIDOCs capacity building officer helped us define the organisation’s structural needs in the field of human rights information management and documentation, and it gave us an insight into the possible solutions and tools available. GHRD hope to be able to continue implementing HURIDOCs tools, such as the OpenEvsys in the future.” Jenny Lundström, Human Rights Officer

United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), Bujumbura
“For the past 8 months, the Reporting Unit of the Human Rights and Justice Division of the UN’s integrated mission to Burundi (BINUB) has drawn on the expertise of HURIDOCS in its efforts to prepare material and create the design needed for a human rights database. It is envisaged that this database will serve as a resource for the transitional justice mechanisms to which Burundi has committed itself. The Chief of the Reporting Unit has indicated his appreciation for HURIDOCs expertise, ready generosity in sharing it – even during the proposal writing and fundraising phase – and in particular the suppleness of the solutions HURIDOCS is able to provide. This latter feature is particular important given the particular demands faced in Burundi, such as, to cite one example, a desegregation of data in order to provide more effective care to particular categories of victims of sexual violence.” JPT Savage, Chief of Reporting Unit, Human Rights and Justice Division

Documentation Centre for Indigenous Peoples, Geneva
“In the framework of the Documentation Network regrouping specialized documentation centres on indigenous issues, doCip organised in partnership with Huridocs and Indigenous organizations several trainings on human rights documentation: two in English, one in French, one in Spanish and one in Russian. The last one took place in November 2008 in Chang Mai, Thailand and the indigenous partner was the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation. HURIDOCS contribution has always been very appreciated by all participants in all trainings as well as by doCip. We certainly will repeat the experience if requested by indigenous peoples.” Pierrette Birraux, Executive Director


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