This list provides human rights documentation manuals and tools for human rights documenters.


Manual: Documenting Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations in Syria deals with techniques for interviewing victims of, and witnesses to, human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war. It is intended to help people who document the human rights and international humanitarian law violations experienced by civilians affected by the conflict in Syria.


Micro-Thesauri: A Tool for Documenting Human Rights Violations shows how to develop index terms for documentation purposes. Examples and lists are shown to classify events according to general, commonly used human rights categories. It is recommended to read with HURIDOCS Events Standard Formats: A Tool for Documenting Human Rights Violations. 

Manual on Human Rights Monitoring has detailed information on informed consent and interview.


Resource: Human Rights Interview Guide is a short set of questions to help you with your interviews.


Training Guide: International Criminal Law for Syrian Human Rights Defenders is intended for conducting trainings. It includes practical tools to help individuals understand theoretical concepts and to help trainers explain these concepts to others.


Community Discussion Summary: Documenting the Disappeared is on how documentation, strategic research and technology can be applied to documenting enforced disappearances. Four webinars are also embedded in the website.


Documenting and Reporting Human Rights Abuses Using Testimony is designed for human rights activists who want to learn how to document human rights abuses using interviews and testimonies with witnesses and victims.

Documentation tools:

KoBoToolbox is a free, open-source tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments.

A Quick Tour of KoBoToolbox – A Simple and Safe Way to Collect Reliable Data


 Uwazi is a free, open-source solution for organising, analysing and publishing your documents developed by HURIDOCS.

An Introduction to Uwazi


OpenEvsys is a free and open source database application developed by HURIDOCS.

OpenEvsys: Introduction

Last updated: October 31, 2019