January 17, 2022

New Issue of "Focus on Global Resources" Spotlights Human Rights Documentation

The Winter 2012 issue (Volume 31, Number 2) of Focus on Global Resources from the Center for Research Libraries is now available online.


This FOCUS revolves around the theme of human rights documentation and the issues surrounding the survival and integrity of evidence of human rights violations.

This article discusses some of practices and technologies used by human rights monitoring groups to collect electronic documentation, as part of CRL’s electronic evidence assessment funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala consists of approximately 80 million documents, about 12 million of which have been digitized and will soon be available from the University of Texas at Austin website. These documents, dating from 1882 to 1996, chronicle the activities of Guatemala’s National Police, the enforcers of the country’s oppressive military dictatorship during 36 years of internal armed conflict.

Through a partnership between CRL, LAMP, and the Ministério Público Federal in Brazil, nearly one million pages of the collection Brasil: Nunca Mais, containing Brazil’s Military Supreme Court documents (processos), have been digitized. These proceedings document the cases of more than 7,000 persons arrested, convicted, and/or executed by the Court between 1964 and 1979.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.