Archives and Dealing with the Past
Date Added:15 October 2012
A joint venture between the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, The Swiss Federal Archives and the Swiss Peace Foundation – swisspeace.
In the aftermath of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law, a series of initiatives are undertaken to deal with these past violations. The importance of preserving archives and records concerning human rights violations in these periods is often underestimated and forgotten. Technical issues such as the preservation and management of archives containing information of human rights violations are as important as policy questions related to access, ownership and location of police, truth commission and tribunal archives and records. The aim of the project “Archives and Dealing with the Past” is to provide support to governments, international organizations and NGOs related to the protection and preservation of archives which document human rights violations.
The project is conceived as a hub; it offers a platform of contact between actors looking for support and experts in this field, as well as a platform of exchange of best practices and lessons learned, for practitioners and experts in both the archival and the dealing with the past / transitional justice fields.
Upon request, the Archives and Dealing with the Past project, undertakes an assessment to identify specific needs with local actors and then supports them in designing and implementing tailor made responses. For this purpose, the project relies upon a broad network of experts in archival issues, documentation, databases, data collection, management, and analysis.
Our goal is to make a significant contribution to preserving, securing and making accessible archives and records of past human rights violations and to raise awareness on the importance of archives and data collections of human rights violations within a broader understanding of Dealing with the Past initiatives.
The project “Archives and Dealing with the Past” started in May 2011 as a joint venture between the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Federal Archives and swisspeace – the Swiss Peace Foundation.
For further information please also visit our website: www.archivesproject.ch
Archives and Dealing with the Past Project
Sonnenbergstrasse 17, CH-3000 Bern 7
+41 (0)31 330 10 78 / 77,