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Documenting Human Rights in Iran: Evidence Collection Guide

Documenting Human Rights in Iran: Evidence Collection Guide

This is a short guide for collecting of human rights violations--how to spot violations, how to collect evidence, and what to do with the collected evidence. This guide is for practitioners and non-practitioners.

This is a short guide for collecting of human rights violations--how to spot violations, how to collect evidence, and what to do with the collected evidence. This guide is for practitioners and non-practitioners.

The principles outlined in this guide are applicable world-wide. However, this guide is mainly for use by Iranians in Iran. It enables every Iranian to participate in the collection and preservation of evidence of human rights violations by the Iranian authorities.

 

 

All information provided in this Evidence Collection Guide is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice of any kind.

Documenting Human Rights Abuses In Iran: Why Do It?

Collecting and saving evidence of the Iranian government’s past and on-going human rights violations helps memorialize history for future generations so that they are aware of the mistakes of the past, and can heal and move past them. Collection of evidence of human rights violations also supports the efforts of Iranians to hold perpetrators accountable, reform public institutions and promote transparency and respect for human rights in Iran.

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) was founded to create a collective memory by preservation of this evidence. Its website is home to the Aadel Collection—a large public database of documents relating to human rights violations in Iran. The public nature of the Aadel database makes the documentation available and accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. By making this evidence readily available, an ongoing dialogue can take place, and new approaches towards the protection of human rights in Iran can be discussed among Iranians.

IHRDC relies not just on its trained team of lawyers, investigators and researchers, but also on Iranians in Iran and around the world to collect evidence. Each and every Iranian can contribute to this collective memory by documenting historical and on-going human rights violations that have affected them, their families, and their fellow citizens.

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