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Human Rights Fact Finding Guidelines launched at the British Institute of International and Comparat

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, launched a set of human rights fact finding guidelines during a conference at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, on 1 and 2 June 2009.

The guidelines are the result of several years' work and wide consultation. They arose out of concern that, despite there being no agreed international standards for human rights fact-finding reporting, such reports are frequently referred to by courts and tribunals as evidence of the facts alleged in them, as well as by governments, NGOs and other interested people. The guidelines aim to fill this gap by setting an agreed international standard of good practice in the conduct of fact-finding visits and in the compilation of reports.

Although primarily intended for use by NGOs, the guidelines can provide direction to all those engaged in human rights fact-finding and reporting with a view to improving accuracy, objectivity, transparency and credibility.

The website for the guidelines is now live ( from where the guidelines can be downloaded. You can also endorse the Guidelines or add comments on the website. Alternatively, send any comments you have to Phillip Tahmindjis ( The guidelines will be an ongoing process.

The Guidelines were launched at a conference which dealt with some of the broader issues relating to fact finding. For the full report, click here.

For the conference programme, click here.

The conference was sponsored by The Söderberg Foundations (Torsten och Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelser) (Sweden).

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