Thirty-eight meeting, Venice: 20-21 April 2017

The 38th ECCHRD meeting will take place on 20-21 April 2017 in Venice (Italy) at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The agenda will include :

  • Human Rights Digital Library as response to the crisis of specialized libraries
  • Documenting refugees’ status process: contribution of human rights data specialists
  • Library Services to People with Special Needs: report on the work of IFLA Committee
  • Updates and hands-on training on HUDOC
  • Strengthening and widening cooperation among Human Rights Workers: how ICT and ECCHRD network can contribute?

The draft agenda is attached: agenda-38-2017-venice

Details regarding venue, accommodation etc. are in the infosheet.

You have to register for the meeting by filling out the online registration form at

All costs related to travel and hotel have to be borne by the participations or their institutions. No funding is available from the organisers. There is no registration fee.

For more information, contact


Thirty-seventh meeting: Budapest, 16-17 June 2016

The 37th meeting will take place in Budapest and is organised by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University.

The agenda for the first day includes various presentations on the topic “Documenting and managing the European refugee crisis locally”. During the second day, there will be presentations on Promoting and teaching human rights and historical dialogue through audiovisual sources and Collecting and using evidence on human rights abuses in current conflict zones.

In addition, there will be presentations of work at network members such as HUDOC (the case database of the European Court of Human Rights, HURIDOCS and OSCE/ODIHR.

The agenda is attached: agenda-37-budapest-2016

The meeting will be held at
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32.
1051 Budapest, Hungary

For registration and more information contact Csaba Szilagy: Szilagyc at

Thirty-sixth meeting: Copenhagen, 6-8 May 2015

The 36th meeting took place from 6 to 8 May 2015. It was organised by Dignity – the Danish Institute Against Torture.

The agenda included the following topics:

  • Challenges and a changing world for human rights – and human rights libraries
  • A UN World Food Programme taxonomy project
  • Information systems for documenting violations, services to victims and litigation
  • The HUDOC (European Court of Human Rights; Committee for the Prevention of Torture; European Committee on Social Rights) platforms
  • An update on the work of HURIDOCS

The following presentations are available:

agenda-36-2015-copenhagen (there is no report available of this meeting)

Thirty-fifth meeting: Strasbourg, 11-13 June 2014

The 35th meeting of the ECCHRD was organised by the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe.

The following presentations are available:

Finding documents of the Parliamentary Assembly, by Kathleen Layle, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The use of social media for searching for human rights information: the experience of the CPT by Patrick Müller, Committee for the Prevention of Torture of the Council of Europe

agenda-35-2014-strasbourg (there is no report available of this meeting)

Third-thirth meeting: Berlin, 10-11 May 2012

The 33rd meeting of the ECCHRD took place in Berlin – it was hosted by the German Institute for Human Rights (GIHR).

During the meeting, there were presentations on:

agenda-33-2012-berlin (there is no report available of this meeting)

Thirty-second meeting: Budapest, 30-31 May 2011

The 32nd meeting of the ECCHRD took place in Budapest and was hosted by the Open Society Archives (OSA).

The following presentations were given at this meeting:

agenda-32-2011-budapest (there is no report available of this meeting)


Thirty-first meeting: Vienna, 21-22 October 2010

The 31st meeting of the ECCHRD was organised by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute as ECCHRD Secretariat. It took place at the FRA Offices.

The following presentations were made at this meeting:

Sharing human rights terminologies: towards an online thesauri builder, by Boris Panhoelzl, ACCORD-Austrian Red Cross

New ways of presenting human rights data: the case of OSA Archivum, by Csaba Szilagyi, Open Society Archives (OSA)

agenda-31-2010-vienna (there is no report available of this meeting)


Report of thirtieth meeting: Lund, 7-8 June 2007

The 30th meeting of the ECCHRD was organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) in collaboration with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, acting as Secretariat for the meeting. The meeting was held at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.

The Keynote speech was given by Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, who gave a thought-provoking presentation on A fact based world view. The presentation on the political aspects of human rights was illustrated with a demonstration of the Gapminder tool.

Anna Svenson, who works for the Archives of the Municipality of Malmö, gave a presentation on the importance of archives for human rights.

The second day started with a tour of the library of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. Following, Håkan Carlsson, Director of Scientific Communication at Lund University Libraries, gave a presentation on access to scientific information. Damon Rand, Analyst/Programmer from Amnesty International (AI) gave a presentation of AI’s use of wiki technology to record case information on individuals. This was followed by an update on the work of HURIDOCS, by Bert Verstappen. Carin Laurin, Publications Officer at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute presented a new project which identifies indicators to measure the state compliances with human rights laws and norms and Lena Olsson of RWI demonstrated the RWI Human Rights Theme Maps.

There were working groups on the following themes: Torture Thesaurus, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, the Technical Advisory Group and Indexing.

Presentations available:



Report of twenty-ninth meeting: London, 8-9 June 2006

The 29th meeting of the ECCHRD was organised by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, acting as well as Secretariat for the meeting. The meeting was held at the Human Rights Action Centre (Amnesty UK) in London. It was preceded by a tour of the Information Resources Department of the AI International Secretariat.

The meeting included presentations of Oxfam’s new open-source web content management and of the information aspects of the Human Rights Impact Resource Centre (HRIRC), plus a presentation on developments within HURIDOCS, with a demonstration of the new version of the HURISEARCH search engine. These were followed by a tour of the Human Rights Action Centre and a presentations of Statewatch and of the OSCE-ODIHRs information system, website and contacts/activities database. There were meetings of working groups dealing with the Torture thesaurus and training.

Presentations available: