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Latin American & Iberian Studies
Provides annotated links to scholarly resources of particular interest to students & faculty researching at U.Va.
In 1998 Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo promoted the creation of the Family Biographical Archive with the aim of reconstructing the life history of the disappeared whose children, born in captivity or kidnapped along with their parents, were appropriated during the last military dictatorship.
"Recuperamos para su conservación toda aquella documentación vinculada con el quebrantamiento de los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales en que esté comprometida la responsabilidad del Estado.
Garantizamos el acceso a la información a través de consultas públicas a nuestros Fondos Documentales, acompañando las políticas de Memoria, Verdad y Justicia.
Difundimos nuestros Fondos Documentales a través de muestras, talleres, seminarios y actividades relacionadas con la promoción y defensa de los Derechos Humanos.
Desde marzo de 2016, al incorporar la Dirección Nacional de Sitios de Memoria a la estructura del Archivo, señalizamos, preservamos y conservamos los Sitios de Memoria".
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a Chilean museum located in Santiago, dedicated to commemorate the victims of human rights violations during the civic-military regime led by Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990
Don´t forget to consult the museum´s Centro de Documentación
and Testimonios Audiovisuales Interviews documenting human rights abuses during the Pinochet era.
Digital National Security Archive consists of expertly curated, and meticulously indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present. Each collection is assembled by foreign policy experts and features chronologies, glossaries, bibliographies, and scholarly overviews to provide unparalleled access to the defining international issues of our time.
This database contains the most important, declassified documents -- totaling more than 650,000 pages -- that have been gathered through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): many are published for the first time. The Archive is made up of 60 individual collections, each based on a single topic. Among them are: Latin America Human Right related collections:
Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets. Latin America related Projects:
The FOIA Electronic Reading Room is provided as a public service by the Office of the Chief Information Officer's Information Management Services. It has recently been enhanced and updated, and while many of the updates happened behind the scenes, we'd like to highlight several of the changes. Latin America related historical collections:
A Presidential Tasking from the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) on June 13, 2016, directed various Executive branch departments and agencies, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to search for records relating to human rights abuses committed in Argentina between January 1, 1975, and December 31, 1984, and to review responsive records for public access.
Over 80,000 searchable documents reviewed and released to the public. The Virtual Reading Room also includes links to resources in and outside the Department of State, including a link to declassified department records available online at the National Archives and Records Administration.
WIKILEAKS Public Library of US Diplomacy; includes over 2 million records from a variety of sources, including FOIA documents, leaks, and documents declassified by the US State Department - many of these materials were previously released on the National Archives' website
Digitized documents from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) that aim to facilitate scholarly and legal research into a vast cache of historical documentation. The discovery of the National Police Historical Archive in 2005 opened an extensive and timely resource for the study of Guatemalan history and human rights in the region, spanning a broad array of topics from Guatemala's armed conflict between 1960 and 1996 to the sexually transmitted disease experiments performed at the behest of the United States government in the 1940s. The Archive is presented online here for the first time.
IThe Mexican Migration Project (MMP) was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The project is a binational research effort co-directed by Jorge Durand, professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), and Douglas S. Massey, professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University (US).
El Centro Documental de la Memoria Histórica, ubicado en la ciudad de Salamanca, custodia una rica documentación que puede ser utilizada por los ciudadanos, directamente, mediante consulta in situ de los documentos originales, o, indirectamente, solicitando la información que necesiten a través del servicio de información del Centro. Paralelamente se realizan tareas de reproducción de documentos así como de conservación, descripción y difusión, para así poder garantizar la permanencia de una parte del patrimonio documental de la nación y ofrecer a la ciudadanía el acceso y disfrute de unos bienes que sirven para garantizar sus derechos y para el conocimiento del pasado histórico más reciente.
Se espera que para el año 2022 el Museo abra sus puertas en Bogotá. Desde hace décadas, las víctimas, sus organizaciones y comunidades han trabajado para que los hechos de violencia y sus resilencias sean conocidos y que no se repitan.
Archivo Virtual de Derechos Humanos, Memoria Histórica y Conflicto. Aquí encontrará las voces de distintas comunidades y poblaciones a través de testimonios, entrevistas, cartas, manuscritos, noticias de prensa, televisivas y radiales; materiales desarrollados en talleres de memoria, fotografías, cantos, audiovisuales, libros, revistas, piezas comunicativas y copias de expedientes judiciales, compartidos por líderes comunitarios, organizaciones sociales, entidades públicas, investigadores del Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica (CNMH) y ciudadanos con documentos de interés.
HUMAN RIGHTS & HUMAN WELFARE: Latin America & Iberia
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international non-governmental organization, headquartered in New York City, that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. The group pressures some governments, policy makers and human rights abusers to denounce abuse and respect human rights, and the group often works on behalf of refugees, children, migrants and political prisoners. Reserchable database. Check Reports tab and search by keyword, country etc
"Most states in the Americas support and have ratified human rights standards and treaties, but for millions the promise of rights remains hollow. Social and political problems such as discrimination, violence, inequality, conflict, insecurity, poverty and environmental damage are just some of the challenges that are creating a human rights crisis across the region". You can search this site (advance search is better) or you can browse Resources: 1. Media Centre. 2. Wire Magazine. 3. Annual Report 2017/2018. 4. Human Rights Education. 5. Human Rights Courses
A advocacy coalition of 65 U.S. organizations concerned with an improved policy of human rights, peace and justice towards Latin America. Contains links to .pdfs. Many reports on a wide range of subjects.
"Founded in 1959, the CIDH ( IACHR in english) is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.
Consult the Country Reports since 1962
Equipo Nizkor is an international organization working for the respect and promotion of human rights in different topics and areas. Our work includes the socialization of human rights information, the investigation of human rights abuses, the development of international human rights law, the preservation of memory and the fight against impunity.
institución académica dedicada a la investigación, la promoción y la educación en derechos humanos. Tiene su sede en San José de Costa Rica. Su creación se hizo posible en 1980 gracias a un convenio suscrito entre la CIDH y la República de Costa Rica. El objetivo de esta organización es asegurar su actualidad y vigencia ante una realidad que ha experimentado cambios sustanciales.
The Digital Library provides access to UN-produced content including UN documents and publications. Its content has been indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the Library of the UN Office at Geneva and the ESCWA Library. Links to full text appear when available. Voting information for resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council, and citation to speeches made in the principal organs.
Coverage: 1979 onward (older documents are being added to the UN Digital LIbrary on a regular basis as a result of retrospective conversion). Includes resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward.
The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.
The United Nations iLibrary is a comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs. Topics include: Agriculture Rural Development and Forestry, Children and Youth, Democracy and Governance, Disarmament, Drugs, Crime and Terrorism, Economic and Social Development, Environment and Climate Change, Human Rights and Refugees, Human Settlements and Urban Issues, International Law and Justice, International Trade and Finance, Migration, Natural Resources, Water and Energy, Peacekeeping and Security, Population and Demography, Public Health, Transportation and Public Safety, United Nations, Women and Gender Issues.
Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) Digital Library provides access to publications, documents and other materials either produced by UNESCO or pertaining to UNESCO’s fields of competence. These collections are accessible online or physically - at the library or the archives room.
Information on measures taken at the international, regional and national levels, including: international and regional instruments, case law, legal measures adopted by States, as well as information on policy and institutional measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Scope
The areas covered by the database include measures to address racism and racial discrimination at the international, regional and national level. Content
The content of the database illustrates existing measures and practices to combat address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels but does not seek to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation.
Specifically, the database includes:
The texts of relevant international and regional instruments
Information on existing avenues for remedy, recourse, redress and compensation
Relevant decisions of international, regional and national courts
The texts of legal measures adopted by States (including anti-discrimination legislation, constitutional law and other type of legal measures)
Documents containing information on policy measures (including National Action Plans against racial discrimination, National Action Plans on Human Rights containing anti-discrimination provisions, strategies and programmes and national papers)
Information on institutional measures (including ministries, NHRIs, equality bodies, secretaries, committees, working groups, networks, focal points, others
links to their websites are also included when available)
Existing measures categorized under different thematic areas. The classification of these thematic areas was based on those identified in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
English is used throughout the database. When available, official texts are included in their original language, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, etc.
Database including official documents from the UN UN Charter-based bodies .
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) works to offer the best expertise and support to the different human rights monitoring mechanisms in the United Nations system : UN Charter-based bodies , including the Human Rights Council, and bodies created under the international human rights treaties and made up of independent experts mandated to monitor State parties' compliance with their treaty obligations. Most of these bodies receive secretariat support from the Human Rights Council and Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
This database provides easy access to jurisprudence emanating from the United Nations Treaty Bodies which receive and consider complaints from individuals: the Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Committee against Torture (CAT), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The jurisprudence database is intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by all above committees in their work on individual cases. It enables the general public, governments, civil society organizations, United Nations partners and international regional mechanisms to research the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.
There are nine core international human rights treaties, the most recent one -- on enforced disappearance -- entered into force on 23 December 2010. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, all UN Member States have ratified at least one core international human rights treaty, and 80 percent have ratified four or more.
There are currently ten human rights treaty bodies, which are committees of independent experts. Nine of these treaty bodies monitor implementation of the core international human rights treaties while the tenth treaty body, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, established under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, monitors places of detention in States parties to the Optional Protocol.
The treaty bodies are created in accordance with the provisions of the treaty that they monitor. OHCHR supports the work of treaty bodies and assists them in harmonizing their working methods and reporting requirements through their secretariats.
There are other United Nations bodies and entities involved in the promotion and protection of human rights
The database provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
This tool aims at raising awareness of the human rights recommendations coming from these mechanisms and assisting governments, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, and United Nations partners with their implementation. The Index allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide, and to see how the legal interpretation of international human rights law has evolved over the past ten years.
The University of Texas Libraries' Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world. The HRDI website highlights the following types of materials:
An initiative of Columbia University Library's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, the Human Rights Web Archive provides access to archived versions of freely available human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, and individuals
Languageofpeace.org is an innovative tool to search provisions of Peace Agreements. Designed to meet the needs of mediators, drafters, conflict parties and other stakeholders, it provides easy access to compare and collate language on key issues across 75,000+ provisions of around 1,000 peace agreements
El Repositorio Digital de CLACSO ofrece acceso libre y gratuito a producción de los 611 centros asociados de CLACSO en 47 países. Es un servicio de CLACSO con la participación del los grupos publicaciones, biblioteca y multimedia de los centros asociados de CLACSO. Actualmente, pueden acceder a más de 100.000 textos completos de artículos, documentos de trabajo, libros y ponencias publicados por la red CLACSO.
Updated regularly. Provides a comprehensive source of documentary and statistical political information on Latin American politics. Useful for students, academics, policy analysts and government officials.
This HTML Database has been prepared by Equipo Nizkor and it focuses on the domestic implementation of International Criminal Law for the most serious crimes under international law i.e. crimes against peace (or the crime of aggression), crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. It provides access on a country-by-country basis to the relevant domestic legislation, as well as to applicable judicial decisions and jurisprudence. The purpose of this open Internet database is to foster the application of international criminal law by domestic jurisdictions for these grave crimes.
Retrospective, full-text .pdf coverage of hundreds of legal periodicals. Includes also United Nations Law Collection (exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications, including the complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series, the League of Nations Treaty Series, the Monthly Statement of Treaties & International Agreements, UNCITRAL Publications, UNIDIR Publications, the United Nations Legislative Series, etc.) and HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated that includes constitutional and political development of every country in the world.
provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Latin Amercican topics are very well represented.
Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.