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Human Rights Monitoring

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This chapter outlines the basic concepts and methods in human rights monitoring. It explains frequently used terminology, introduces the most common techniques, and points to the necessary precautions. Monitoring human rights violations, in particular, is too sensitive to be left to, much less initiated by, newcomers in the field or isolated staff members without explicit institutional backing. The major international and regional organizations that undertake monitoring activities have devised guidelines, check lists, and formats covering many aspects of monitoring. Two main categories of monitoring are prevalent in the human rights literature. The first has its focus on concrete events or cases. This type will often centre on human rights violations or the prevention of violations. It is sometimes labelled case monitoring, act-based monitoring, or event monitoring. The second type has a broader scope and is sometimes termed situation monitoring.

Keywords:human rights literature; human rights monitoring; human rights violations



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