Human Rights Day 2021

The Section on Archives and Human Rights (SAHR) of the International Council on Archives is pleased to be a part of the observance of the United Nations' International Human Rights Day, celebrated every year on the 10th of December. It marks the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). SAHR promotes the significance of archives and record keeping in defending and supporting human rights throughout the world, and invites archivists, record keepers and professional archival associations to adopt the Basic Principles on the Role of Archivists and Records Managers in Support of Human Rights in their working lives. The Basic Principles are gradually being translated into various languages. This year, we have added a number of new versions of the text which is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish.

SAHR would like to hear from any professionals willing to translate the document into further languages over the coming twenty four months. Contact Trudy Huskamp Peterson ( 

Notes for Editors:

The Section on Archives and Human Rights was originally established in 2004 as the Human Rights Working Group of the International Council on Archives. It became a full section of the Council, following the adoption of its constitution by ICA at its meeting in Adelaide in 2019. SAHR has published a number of texts, including, in 2021, a book on Archives and Human Rights (Routledge), and a special edition on Archives and Human Rights in Comma the ICA's magazine.