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The Day We Fight Back

Privacy is a human right: People need it, governments have to protect it and business has to respect it. Too often, this is not the case. Today is the day we fight back. Thousands of individuals, international experts and a coalition of NGOs from all around the globe demand an end to unchecked mass surveillance. […]

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What Privacy?

Privacy is a human right that may often feel elusive, but when it is violated its loss becomes tangible. When you cannot know if what you say will be heard only by those who are supposed to, how can you speak freely? If everything you do at home can be torn into the public realm, […]

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Tails: Web Security, Privacy and Anonymity

As state surveillance and web monitoring become more prevalent, human rights groups should take extra precaution while using the Internet. Many web tools exist that making hacking and monitoring more difficult, although tools alone will not make you safe. One that does help human rights groups quite a bit is called Tails, a live operating […]

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Ten tips to keep your website safe

You may have heard, GreenNet, which hosts many NGO websites, suffered a massive DDoS attack and as a result, their sites went offline, some for up to a week. Websites are becoming a key strategic tool for civil society communications, and so its perhaps natural to expect that some repressive governments, or large corporations who […]

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NGO Forum website launched before crucial presidential elections in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe is heading for presidential elections on 31 July, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum launches an updated website, supported by HURIDOCS. It will be a major source for reliable information during the elections, while providing easy access to an archive of over 300 publications on human rights developments in Zimbabwe. In time for […]

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How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme

If you’ve followed my previous blog posts, then you probably have some idea about how to start creating a website. I’ve shared some of the basic principles that will help you to get started when building a website on WordPress, a free and open source content management system (that is the technology that powers a […]

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Books Become Databases: ICJ and HURIDOCS Launch Resources on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Publications, legislation and jurisprudence on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have become available and well-accessible in two landmark databases on the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) website. With technical support from HURIDOCS, ICJ makes available in an innovative way all jurisprudence and doctrine on SOGI from the UN human rights system in one database, […]

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Presentation from the Open Society Human Rights Workshop

From April 22-24, I attended the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance in Budapest. The seminar was organized within the human rights internship program for ten interns working with different NGOs across Europe. It focused on human right research and different models of human rights reporting. We gained practical skills on human rights research, […]

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OpenEvsys 2.0 comes in a slightly refurbished design that makes it even more intuitive to use it. On top of that, it simply looks good on the new dashboard that gives you a quick overview about your data.

Announcing OpenEvsys 2.0: Even more user-friendly, charts and maps, stronger security

We asked specialists to hack OpenEvsys, our software for documenting human rights violations, and we asked users what they want. The result is OpenEvsys 2.0, which will be launched 1 July. It is a major update to improve security, analysis features and design. With enhanced security and more powerful analysis tools OpenEvsys sees a major […]

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More than 70 students attended a symposium at the University of The Gambia on the importance of legal research and the Case Law Analyser as an important tool.

No more sleepless nights at the library

A symposium on human rights law attracted a large number of students at the University of The Gambia eager to devote their future to the protection and promotion of human rights in Africa. Speakers at the symposium stressed the importance of thorough research for the students’ recent and future work and introduced the African Human […]

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Building an engaging website

I’m Manushak Aslanyan from the NGO Women for Development (WFD), based in Armenia.  Recently I started an internship with HURIDOCS as part of the Open Society Human Rights Program and on this blog I would like to share what I learn and experience as I go along. WFD has been working in rural community development, […]

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“It really feels like we are at the edge of a tech revolution” – Interview with Loren Treisman

Three days after finishing her PhD, Loren Treisman went to East Africa and her life started to take a different turn. Now she is Executive of Indigo Trust, a philanthropic fund that awards mostly small grants to small, community-driven projects in Africa that use technology for social change. In this interview, Loren talks about what […]

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Case law is fundamental for the work of every lawyer - at the Moot Court the students gained worthwhile experience for their future careers.

“For us, it was a very good opportunity to get access to information that we usually could not get“

Originally from Ghana, Johannes Buabeng-Baidoo later moved to South Africa and is now a lecturer in human rights law at the University of the Gambia. He is an enthusiast about human rights, works closely with his students to help them understand the African human rights system and wants them to become ready to make sharp […]

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Landmark database for the Americas

HURIDOCS working on a Caselaw Analyzer for the Americas together with CEJIL (content partner) and Ketse.com (technology partner) Our vision of available and well-accessible human rights case law is becoming reality, as HURIDOCS and CEJIL met last week to bring the work for the Americas to a new level. From July 2013 on, a first […]

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HURIDOCS in five minutes and ten slides

Recently, we gave a presentation on the work we’re doing at the excellent ICTs for Social Justice Meet-Up in London. It gives a very short overview on our approach and a few examples of our work on the intersection of ICT, information science and human rights. We thank Tony Roberts (who has a fantastic blog […]

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Hans Thoolen (second from right) at the Quito conference in Spring 1982, the most important conference before HURIDOCS was officially founded a few months later

“We were breaking new ground”

Hans Thoolen talks about the excitement of founding HURIDOCS, why the human rights community nowadays resembles a church with too many priests (and too few believers) and what made Latin American human rights defenders embrace technology before everyone else. Looking back at decades of involvement in human rights work, he also sketches out his idea […]

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