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Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in support of Human Rights: Give your opinion!

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During the past ten years, the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives (ICA) became increasingly aware of the complex problems facing archivists as they encounter human rights issues.

The draft "Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists in Support of Human Rights" is organized in two parts: a preamble and a set of principles, following the structure of the "Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers."  The preamble provides the background for the principles, referring to United Nations documents, civil society statements, and archival precepts.  The 23 principles are grouped in six sections.  The first two sections cover the basic archival functions; the third covers the special situations of displaced archives and of archives that appear to document violations of human rights; the fourth through sixth sections are devoted to the roles and rights of archivists as professionals.

Comments on the draft should be submitted to  access@ica.org

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Reminder: Archiving Human Rights for Advocacy ... - Archivists Watch

Reminder: Archiving Human Rights for Advocacy ... - Archivists Watch | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Join WITNESS and the New Tactics community for an online dialogue on Archiving Human Rights for Advocacy, Justice and Memory from May 16 to 22, 2012. Archiving and preservation have long taken a backseat to more urgent aspects of human rights documentation and advocacy, but that is beginning to change. Human rights archives are increasingly playing a pivotal role in advocacy, restorative justice, historical memory, and struggles against impunity. At the same time, however, archivists and activists alike are grappling with the mounting challenges posed by the proliferation of digital documentation. How can we ensure that the critical documentation created today will be preserved and accessible in the future?

In this dialogue, we will explore the tactics and methods used by archivists to preserve human rights information."

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Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian

Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks.

 

"Yet in the modern state we depend on written records for our human rights at the most basic level.

"Our governments need records to keep track of their decisions and transactions, as well as their outcomes. As citizens we need records to keep our governments accountable, register our land claims, protect our legal status and claim our pension rights. Indeed, public records are, as the International Records Management Trust proclaims, “fundamental to the concepts of democratic society”.

 

“In the absence of well-managed records,” it states, “information can be manipulated, citizens cannot prove unequal treatment and human rights violations become difficult to challenge. The people cannot make an informed contribution to the governance process.”

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