Lesson Series 44: Getting it down: The importance of documenting human rights violations

The Issue

Human rights documentation can play a significant role in campaigning and social change. Part of human rights work must include monitoring–which is what documentation comes from–and then work to change the situation. For this reason, the documentation must be able to promote change. While there may be large amounts of existing documentation on human rights, the limitations of it are that either the documentation is not shared with enough people (particularly ordinary people) or it is not of a style that is easily understood or does not inspire genuine action, which is essential for change.

The Lessons

Based on the work of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), this series consists of two lessons. The series is available on a CD-ROM, which includes multimedia components of the lessons. Please view these together´┐Żfor utmost effect.

Lesson 1: Comprehensive concept of documentation

Lesson 2: Multimedia component highlighting several cases undertaken by the AHRC