The Documentalist

Center for War Victims and Human Rights: Call for Documentation

Posted in Uncategorized by Sarah on March 3, 2010

The Center for War Victims and Human Rights is an organization located in Toronto Canada that focuses on human rights abuses related to the Tamil war in Sri Lanka, as well as the subsequent Tamil Diaspora.  Their mission is to collect the testimonies of victims of violence and oppression related to the Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka in the 1990s and early 2000s.  The organization consists of five professional teams focused on objectively gathering and verifying testimonies volunteered by victims or their family members.   Those teams are:


The Documentation Team is responsible for documenting war crimes and human rights violations by listening to victim stories, recording them in the web application, and verifying the information. It provides statistical reports, and presents selected stories to the public. It provides training, and co-ordination for data collection in several countries.


The Research Team focuses on detail collection of events related to human rights violations.  It cross checks the information from the victims documentation. Also, the team researchs and publishs fact sheets and reports on genocides, human rights laws, and related material.  The Research Team consists of experienced researchers and high school, college and university students.


The Campaign Team works to raise awareness about human rights violations, laws, plight of the victims, and the importance of documentation.  The team uses TV ad campaings, articles on newspapers and magazines, pamphlets, web, radio, outreach through events, and street campaigning to communicate its message.  The campaign team works with other human rights organizations such as Amnesty International that share our principles.


The Technical Team develops, maintains and supports the web application used for documentation, and the cwvhr web site. The team consists of professional developers.  It currently working on an Events Database and Interface.


The Adminstration Team supports the work through transparant, responsible operation of the center.  It works to sustain cwvhr work by seeking reliable funding, and by creating and maintaining an open, creative volunteer community.

As part of their mission, they’ve sent out a press release calling for victims to come forward to record their testimonies.  As reported in the press release, CWVHR uses the Human Rights Information Documentation System  created by HURIDOCS for cataloging and analyzing human rights cases and data.  See their War Victim Documentation page for a full description of their documentation processes.


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  1. crisismaven said, on March 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the Link to the Centre … will include in my reference list: I have put one of the most comprehensive link lists for hundreds of thousands of statistical sources and indicators on my blog: Statistics Reference List. And what I find most fascinating is how data can be visualised nowadays with the graphical computing power of modern PCs, as in many of the dozens of examples in these Data Visualisation References. If you miss anything that I might be able to find for you or if you yourself want to share a resource, please leave a comment.

    • Sarah said, on March 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you for the resources Crisismaven!

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