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Best Practices for Human Rights Documentation

Working with victims of human rights violations requires thoughtful, well-developed procedures to avoid harming victims and to gather credible information. The United Nations' Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) identifies best practices and highlights concerns for fact-finders.

The UN Training Manual is intended for several direct beneficiaries and for a larger audience. The Training Manual is addressed first to those responsible for training human rights officers in the performance of human rights monitoring functions in United Nations field operations. In addition, the manual may assist other intergovernmental or nongovernmental organizations engaged in human rights work to develop their own methodologies and train their staff.