Conference and Project Launch 2012: Documenting Human Rights Violations. The Importance of Archives in Dealing with the Past

25 April 2012, Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern, Switzerland.

In the aftermath of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law, a series of initiatives can be undertaken to address such past violations. The importance of preserving archives and records concerning human rights abuses in these periods is often underestimated and forgotten. Technical issues such as preservation and management are as important as policy questions related to the access, ownership and location of these archives and records.

This conference officially launches the project “Archives and Dealing with the Past”. The goal of the conference is to discuss the importance and potential of records and archives in dealing with the past and exchange on best practice. These discussions shall contribute to enhancing the dialogue between archival and Dealing with the Past experts and the creation of a community of practitioners.

Conference Program / Conference Proceedings / Participants List


Welcome Speech, Keynote Speech & Expert Panels

Welcome Speeches: Statement by the project partners about the launch of the project Archives and Dealing with the Past.
with Mô Bleeker (Special Envoy, HSD/FDFA), Andreas Kellerhals (Director, SFA) and Anita Müller (Director, swisspeace).

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Keynote Speech: The Importance of Archives in Dealing with the Past by Trudy Huskamp Peterson

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Expert Panel: Challenges and Potentials in Documenting and Archiving Human Rights Violations
with Yasmin Sooka (Foundation for Human Rights, South Africa), Trudy Huskamp Peterson (International Council of Archives, USA), Antonio González Quintana (Archivists without Borders, Spain), Patricia Tappatá de Valdez (Memoria Abierta, Argentina)

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Expert Panel: New Forms of Documenting and Archiving Human Rights Violations

with Daniel D' Esposito (HURIDOCS), Miriam Shergold (Swiss Federal Archives), Patricia Tappatá de Valdez

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Publications by swisspeace on Dealing with the Past issues.