Expert Workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know

4 - 5 September 2014, Geneva

The project “Archives and Dealing with the Past”, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the ICRC co-organised an Expert Workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know in Geneva on 4 and 5 September 2014.

The workshop brought together 21 experts specialized in archives in transitional situations from different countries and regions of the world to provide the Special Rapporteur with input and advice on the recommendation to develop international standards on archiving, in particular on the type of standards needed. During the workshop, experts focused in particular on the issues of strengthening domestic mechanisms and processes on archivestruth seeking and archives; ensuring effective access to archives; the management and preservation of archives and the custodian institutions and repository mechanisms. The case studies discussed included Guatemala, Morocco, South Africa, Germany and Cambodia.