Monday, 17 August 2009 19:58
Human Rights Documentation
The range of human rights violations in Burma is extensive, and each ND-Burma member organization focuses on certain violations that are particularly relevant to their mission. To provide a framework for collaboration among members, ND-Burma has developed a “controlled vocabulary” of the categories of human rights violations on which the network focuses.
Documentation Manual Series
Based on ND-Burma's controlled category list ND-Burma has developed a documentation manual series to support its members to effectively document human rights violations.
- Killings & Disappearance
- Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
- Recruitment & Use of Child Soldiers
- Forced Relocation
- Rape & Other Forms of Sexual Violence
- Torture & Other Forms of Ill-Treatment
- Forced Labor
- Obstruction of Freedom of Movement
- Violations of Property Rights
- Forced Marriage
- Forced Prostitution
- Human Trafficking
- Obstruction of Freedoms of Expression and Assembly
- General Documentation
ND-Burma's Training Team organises and provides training to its members, affiliates and invited organisations.
Human Rights Documentation training and Martus software training is held regularly.
Other traning provided includes;
- International Human Rights legal systems
- Project Management
- Film Shooting/Editing Workshop
- Taxation systems
- Interview techniques
- Training of Trainers
Human Rights Data Management
All members use the same software for documentation, called “Martus”, allowing for analysis and storage of encrypted incident reports, called “bulletins,” on a secure common server. ND-Burma provides training and suppport on using Martus to its members.
ND-Burma promotes its work and those of other Burmese human rights organizations through its website. ND-Burma provides human rights information to relevant advocacy campaigns and through publishing reports analyzing its data. ND-Burma is currently working on a report about Arbitary Taxation and its impact on the livilihoods of people in Burma. ND-Burma collaborates with its members and other human rights organizations’ campaigns.
"The United Nations should establish this commission without delay as a vital first step towards justice for the many victims of serious abuses in Burma. Failing to act on the Rapporteur’s recommendation for accountability in Burma will only embolden rights abusers and further postpone long-overdue justice."
- Kenneth Roth, (HRW executive director)