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in the human rights field do not have the time or opportunity to do careful
research before they act. The Human Rights Center stands just behind
the front lines of action and develops insights,
analytical tools, guidelines, etc. for use by advocates and
other actors. The foremost criterion for such research is the degree
to which research can inform and be useful to policy makers and other
The Human Rights Center is presently assisting the U.N. Sub-Commission
on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in preparing human
rights guidelines for
The Human Rights Center is also working with the U.N. Sub-Commission in
preparing studies on contemporary
forms of slavery and on
the rights of non-citizens.
COMPLETED TRAINING MANUALS
In the past decade, the Human Rights Center has:
with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights a Training
Manual for Human Rights Monitors,
which covers information-gathering, interviewing, visiting prisons and
refugee camps, trial observation, preparing reports, interventions with
authorities, conflict resolution, designing follow-up training, and
with the United Nations, the Max Planck Institute, and Amnesty International
in preparing studies on the international and comparative aspects of
the right to a fair trial.
the U.N. in preparing a Handbook
of International Standards relating to Pre-trial Detention.
with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and the International Service
for Human Rights in preparing manuals on human
rights work in the U.N. Commission on Human Rights
and its Sub-Commission.
a review of the effectiveness of UNESCO
human rights complaint procedures.
- The Human Rights Center occasionally
assists lawyers with litigation and/or submits amicus
curiae briefs in important cases.
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