SAHR Tuesday Talks – Antonio González Quintana/Perrine Canavaggio: Archivos y Derechos Humanos, una perspectiva mundial

The International Council on Archives - Section on Archives and Human Rights invites you to its next conference on Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 4:00 p.m. (Central European Time):


Antonio González Quintana and Perrine Canavaggio

will present the Spanish version of the collective work they coordinated with Jens Boel and which was published in English by Routledge in 2021.

Archivos y Derechos Humanos, Una perspectiva mundial. Trea Editorial, March 2023


The book shows the close relationship between human rights and archives, which play a crucial role in providing evidence and giving effect to the principles of the right to truth, justice and reparation. The genesis of the book and its objectives will be presented, and the most significant stages in the parallel history of archives and human rights will be recalled, from the principles of the French Revolution to the emergence of international criminal justice. Significant progress has been made over the past 20 years and the importance of archives for the right to truth is now recognized by the Human Rights Council and regularly recalled by United Nations special rapporteurs. The different uses of archives, particularly in countries in transition to democracy - judicial, political, reparatory, memorial, educational, historical, preventive - are illustrated in the book by 17 case studies from Africa, Asia, from Europe and Latin America and analyzed by experts. The lessons to be learned from these cases will be exemplified. The role of the archivists has changed over the last decades and they are now called upon to play an active role in the defense of fundamental human rights, by first and foremost allowing access to documents which relate to violations of these rights.


Perrine Canavaggio was Chief Curator of the Archives of the Presidency of the French Republic from 1974 to 1994 and Deputy Director of Archives de France in 1995 and 1996. She was Deputy Secretary General of the International Council on Archives (ICA) from 2000 to 2009 and Secretary of the International Conference of the Round Table on Archives (CITRA) from 2000 to 2008. Co-founder (2003), chair (2003-2008) and member of the ICA Archives and Human Rights Working Group until 2019, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the ICA Section on Archives and Human Rights (ICA/SAHR) from 2019.

Antonio González Quintana has been Deputy Director General of Archives in the Community of Madrid between 2010 and 2018. Previously, among other professional responsibilities, Antonio has been the director of the Documentary Information Centre on Archives of the Ministry of Culture (2006-2008), Head of the Coordination Unit of Military Archives of the Ministry of Defense (1994-2003) and director of the Civil War Archive (National Archives), in Salamanca (1986-1994). He is the author of a UNESCO report on Archives of the security services of former repressive regimes (1995); an updated and further developed version was published by the ICA in 2009 with the title Archival Policies in the Protection of Human Rights. He is a founder member of Archivists without Borders and Archiveros Españoles en la Función Pública, associations which he chaired from 2006 to 2009 and from 2018 to 2021. Cofounder (2003) of the ICA Archives and Human Rights Group, he was chair of the ICA Section Archives and Human Rights from 2019 to 2021. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the ICA Section on Archives and Human Rights (ICA/SAHR).


Presentation will be delivered in Spanish. Interpretation into other languages is not available

Pre-register with the following link : After the registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting.


This conference will be recorded and published in the SAHR's playlist of ICA's YouTube channel.