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Why Document Human Rights Violations?

By: Jonathan Cohen, Acacia Shields

There are many reasons why people document human rights violations. In rare cases, documenting violations and exposing them to the public can on its own put an end to abusive practices. More often, however, documentation is only part of a larger effort to end abuses. In addition, it may take years and a combination of efforts to put a stop to an abuse altogether. Advocacy efforts based on the evidence gathered through documentation should therefore identify interim goals that are realistic to achieve and that contribute in a meaningful way to creating the conditions necessary to eventually put a stop to abuse.

This resource provides information on how to define the problems you seek to address, the outcomes you are working towards, and steps that can be taken to achieve those outcomes.