HURIDOCS contributes to keeping the memories of the victims alive

“We report about enforced disappearances in Turkey from the 1980s and especially the 1990s by documenting crimes, interviewing the victims’ relatives, and collecting legal data. Our goal is to support families in search of justice and commemorate the victim’s memory. As we started, it was clear we needed very good tools to present the information we collect in an efficient and systematic way.
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Our search for suitable and efficient information management tools led us to HURIDOCS and I got in touch with them at the beginning of our field research. The whole process to customize and build the database lasted for a year, with Bert, Hamo, and Daniel coming to Turkey to explain the system and help us get started.
Designing the prototype togetherr on paper

Designing the prototype together on paper

What took time was customizing the database so it would exactly fit our needs and building a public version to make it available to interested parties in the society. There was a tool to track current human rights violations but we had to adapt it to register crimes that happened more than 30 years ago.
Easily filter and find violations

Easily filter and find violations

We learned a lot out of our experience with HURIDOCS: how to collect and register data, how to organise it. Information management is crucial to expose what happened and to analyse crimes. It helps reveal the truth.

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Prototyping the layout of the website – how best to visualize the violations and communicate the advocacy messages in a fair but impactful way?

Of course, if politicians don’t want to do anything, they won’t – but HURIDOCS’ database greatly contributes to our visibility. We now have very good connections with academics, civil society, and the media, which can easily get the information and numbers they need to write articles. Last but not least, HURIDOCS has contributed to keeping the memories of the victims alive. It helps the families to know their beloved ones are not forgotten.”

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