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.
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