CYRILLA is an online database that compiles legislation, jurisprudence and analysis that touch on human rights in digitally networked spaces. It was developed with support from HURIDOCS by the CYRILLA Collaborative, an initiative of several organisations spearheaded by SMEX. 

You can filter your searches by type of content, country, and a long list of several dozen keywords, such as: 

  • freedom of expression
  • telecommunication
  • penal code
  • intellectual property
  • defamation
  • national security
  • hate speech

Entries are also linked to each other, so if a judicial decision cites a certain law, you’ll see the relationship spelled out.

Mapping and sharing legal frameworks for digital rights

When it comes to ensuring that human rights are protected in digital environments, understanding of the many legal frameworks at play is crucial. In 2018, HURIDOCS partnered with the CYRILLA Collaborative to help create a database that would bring this scattered information together in one resource. 

The project is regularly growing, and the CYRILLA Collaborative is always seeking new partners and volunteers to help contribute to the database. Current supporters include: SMEX, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Derechos Digitales, Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression initiative, and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT). Learn more here.