This article discusses some of practices and technologies
used by human rights monitoring groups to collect electronic documentation, as
part of CRL’s electronic evidence assessment funded by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional de Guatemala consists of approximately 80 million documents, about 12 million of which have been digitized and will soon be available from the University of Texas at Austin website. These documents, dating from 1882 to 1996, chronicle the activities of Guatemala’s National Police, the enforcers of the country’s oppressive military dictatorship during 36 years of internal armed conflict.
Through a partnership between CRL, LAMP, and the
Ministério Público Federal in Brazil, nearly one million pages of the
collection Brasil: Nunca Mais, containing Brazil’s Military Supreme Court
documents (processos), have been digitized. These proceedings document the
cases of more than 7,000 persons arrested, convicted, and/or executed by the Court
between 1964 and 1979.
The University of Texas at Austin is digitizing the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional, which contains millions of documents, dating from 1882 to 1996, that chronicle the activities of Guatemala’s National Police. Courtesy of Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional, Guatemala.