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   Human Rights Watch records, 1978-1997 [Bulk Dates: 1989-1994]

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:HR#0002
Bib ID:7749013 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Human Rights Watch (Organization). Middle East and North Africa Division.
Title:Human Rights Watch records, 1978-1997 [Bulk Dates: 1989-1994]
Physical description:36.25 linear ft. (29 record cartons)
Language(s): In English and Arabic
Access: This collection is located off-site. Please consult the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for further information. The HRW Records are restricted. Access to the HRW Records may only be granted with the written permission of HRW.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This Record Group is arranged into 6 series

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Description

Scope and Content

Materials include correspondence and e-mail communications, mission reports, testimonies and interviews, addresses and contact lists, confidential interoffice memos, legal and advocacy material, internal planning and policy material, declassified government and United Nations documents, published and unpublished human rights reports from individuals and fellow NGOs, press clippings and news releases, and maps. Another category of documents consists of HRW reports and briefing papers, as well as press releases and open letters to heads of state, governments and various government agencies.

Materials related to missions contain unpublished information on sources, cases, and the state of affairs in various countries. They include professional and personal mission notes taken by country researchers and monitors during investigative field trips, testimonies by and interviews with victims of various human rights abuses, pre-mission and post-mission memos, material on research methodology, correspondence and e-mail communications, addresses and contact lists.

Thematically, these documents cover the various major military and political upheavals occurring in the Middle East and North Africa during the early to middle 1990s. The papers also comprise such human rights initiatives as attempting to bring a case against Iraq at the International Court of Justice, the campaigns to promote freedom of expression, and the rights of women in the region.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. Please consult the Rare Book and Manuscript Library for further information.

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The HRW Records are restricted. Access to the HRW Records may only be granted with the written permission of HRW.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder-level control.

Online finding aid available.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2008 Christopher M. Laico and Craig P. Savino (NYU, 2008)

Finding Aid written 2008 Christopher M. Laico

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion August 14, 2012 Finding aid written in English.
    2012-08-14 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Arab-Israeli conflict--1993-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freedom of expression--IranPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human Rights Watch (Organization)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human rights--Bahrain.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human rights--Iran.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human rights--Iraq--Kurdistān.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Human rights--Syria.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Iran--Foreign relations--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Iran--Refugees.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Iraq-Kuwait Crisis, 1990-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Israel--Boundaries--Arab countries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Israel--Defenses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Israel--Foreign relations--Arab countriesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kurds--Civil rights--Iraq.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kurds--Crimes against--Iraq.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kurds--Legal status, laws, etc.--Syria.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kuwait--Economic conditions--1991-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lebanon--History--1990-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Non-governmental organizations--Iraq.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Opposition (Political science)--Iran.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Palestinian Arabs--Civil rights--Israel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Persian Gulf War, 1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prisons--Israel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Torture--Bahrain.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Foreign relations--1989-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Foreign relations--Kuwait.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

This record group contains the records of the United States based Middle East and North Africa Watch, a division of the human rights organization, Human Rights Watch.

Materials include analytical papers, correspondence, memorandums, monitoring reports, news clippings, newsletters, and publications.

These materials document the issues effecting the Arab world during this period. To illustrate, the Gulf War and its after effects in Iraq, Kuwait and the United States are covered in detail. This record group contains the results of fact-finding missions documenting UN humanitarian operations in the Western Sahara and monitoring human rights abuses in the Arab world.

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