Whereas the vital necessity of archives for supporting accountability and transparency, for protecting citizens’ rights and for establishing individual and collective memory is formally acknowledged in the Universal Declaration on Archives, the International Council on Archives has established a Section to work on all aspects of Archives and Human Rights. The Section has developed out of the long standing ICA Human Rights Working Group originally established following the ICA conference in Cape Town in 2003.

Following the decision of the ICA General Assembly on 22 October 2019 in Adelaide, the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) has become the Section on Archives and Human Rights (SAHR).

In this section you will learn about SAHR's main governance initiatives.