Resources for Documenting Human Rights Violations

Online course
Human rights documentation

Course on the common stages of human rights documentation and what can be achieved with community-led documentation.

Community resource
How to prepare for a database

Five community resources on planning for the information one would need when documenting human rights violations.

What is Documentation?

A practical handbook for human rights defenders that offers an introduction to documentation.

What is Monitoring?

A comprehensive manual that explains the basics of how to methodically observe a human rights situation.

Events Standard Formats

A methodology for monitoring and recording abuses of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.


A collection of 48 sets of terminology for categorising different aspects of human rights violations.

Rapid Response Documentation Principles

A set of principles and concepts that can guide the development of context-specific tools and methodologies in doing documentation during emergent crises.