Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

Reporting Killings as Human Rights Violations Handbook

How to document and respond to potential violations of the right to life within the international system for the protection of human rights

By Kate Thompson and Camille Giffard

Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
III. How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings: section links...
1. Introduction - 2. Basic Aims of Documentation - 3. Evidence - 4. Investigative Framework - Summary of Part III

PART III - HOW TO DOCUMENT ALLEGATIONS OF UNLAWFUL KILLINGS

1. INTRODUCTION

The object of this chapter is to provide guidelines on how to document an allegation of an unlawful killing and the potential sources of evidence needed to take a case to an international human rights mechanism. This handbook deals specifically with documenting and reporting unlawful killings but the basic guidelines could also be referred to for allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations that involve deprivation of liberty and violations of physical integrity.

From the moment you receive the initial report of an allegedly unlawful killing you will begin to document the case. You should immediately be alert to the wide range of issues you should try to explore and basic principles to which you should adhere. The amount, nature and quality of information you can obtain about a case will determine whether you can approach an international human rights mechanism and which mechanism you can use. For example, where the facts are disputed, regional human rights courts will require much more detailed evidence in individual cases, than that needed by a UN Special Rapporteur, in order to communicate with a state about a case.

Here are some introductory points about the documentation of unlawful killings to bear in mind as you read this chapter:

In order to provide guidance for documenting allegations of unlawful killings as human right violations, this chapter will consider the following:

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Handbook links: website home page
Table of Contents - Search - Part I: Essential Reading - Part II: Identifying a Potential Violation - Part III: How to Document Allegations of Unlawful Killings - Part IV: Responding to the Information Collected - Part V: Where can you Seek Further Help? - Appendices
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