South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc
Last update of this source description: 17 December 2008, current as at 18 October 2011.
Mission/Mandate:
“The South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) is a network of individuals across the region. It seeks to investigate, document and disseminate information about human rights treaties and conventions, human rights education, refugees, media freedom, prison reforms, political imprisonment, torture, summary executions, disappearances and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. SAHRDC has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.” (SAHRDC Website, http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/about.htm, accessed on 17 December 2008)
SAHRDC is based in New Delhi.
Target group:
National and international human rights community.
Objective:
“SAHRDC collects information on human rights, specifically on violations of civil and political rights.” (SAHRDC Website, http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/about.htm, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Funding:
SAHRDC has been unable to receive funding from international donor agencies due to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
“SAHRDC supports itself by subscriptions and professional fees paid for its information services. It also mobilizes small donations in India. SAHRDC's statement of accounts is available on payment of a fee.” (SAHRDC Website, http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/about.htm, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: India, South Asia.
Thematic focus: Human rights education; arrest, detention and disappearances; refugees and asylum; torture, capital punishment and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; freedom of the media; custodial deaths and extrajudicial killings.
Reporting methodology:
Types of reports:
- Occasional investigative reports after on-spot studies.
- Urgent actions.
- Electronic feature service.
- Background information on subjects of immediate interest.
Information sources are individuals, human rights activists and groups, lawyers, journalists, media and national and international organisations (SAHRDC Website, http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/about.htm#Publications, accessed on 17 December 2008).
Publication cycle:
Reports: No fixed publication cycle.
Human Rights Features (in cooperation with HRDC): Generally biweekly.
Languages:
“All our information is either in English or translated into English from other languages.” (SAHRDC Website, http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/about.htm, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Navigation of website:
Human Rights Features: Newsletter/Analysis on human rights, democracy and good governance: http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/hrfeatures.htm (accessed on 17 December 2008)
Publications and Briefing Papers: Publications available for order in print: http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/Publications.htm (accessed on 17 December 2008)
Additional references:
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, SavifaGuide: South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
http://vifa.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/suedasien/servlet/de.izsoz.dbclear.query.browse.BrowseResource/domain=suedasien/lang=de/?resid=1790 (accessed on 17 December 2008)
World Movement for Democracy: The South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
http://www.wmd.org/wbdo/mar-may05/sahrdc.html (accessed on 17 December 2008)
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http://www.hrdc.net/sahrdc/
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