Best Practices for Human Rights Archiving & a Push by WITNESS
In a post titled “Archives Month: Focus on Human Rights”, Grace Lile of WITNESS calls attention to a recent UN report, Right to Truth from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that contains best practices related to human rights archiving. This annual report created by the Human Rights Council highlights the importance of good documentation collection and preservation practices for upholding the mandate of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supporting justice: In short, documentation is essential for human rights action and careful documentation practices should be a part of the operational mandate for human rights workers.
Also, in honor of Archives Month, Grace notes that at WITNESS:
we’d like to amplify the topic of Archives and Human Rights, through this blog, and through a series of videos to be highlighted later this month on the Hub. What is a human rights archive? How do archives support human rights? What are the most pressing issues in the field today? What can be done to strengthen the ability of archives to promote and support human rights?
Despite the increasing recognition of value and need noted by the UNHCHR, the challenges for documentation centers and archives are daunting, and range from poor documentation on the ground to the long-term preservation of increasingly ephemeral media. What can be done? What is being done? We’d love to hear from anyone who can contribute to this topic.
Please visit the the blog to follow these posts and for more information about other initiatives related to archiving in human rights and contribute your input on the questions WITNESS is asking.