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This Record Group is arranged into 6 series. Series I: Andrew Whitley, Director, 1978-1995; Series II: Aziz Abu Hamad, Associate, Director, 1984-1995; Series III: Julie Friedman, 1978-1992; Series IV: Eric Goldstein, Research Director, 1986-1997; Series V: Virginia N. Sherry, Associate Director, 1989-1993; Series VI: Publications, 1989-1991.
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material, internal planning and policy material, declassified government and United Nations documents, published and unpublished human rights reports from individuals and fellow NGOs, press clippings and news releases, and maps.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Materials related to missions contain unpublished information on sources, cases, and the state of affairs in various countries.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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Some parts of the HRW Records are restricted. Restrictions are noted in scope and content notes and indicated in the contents list. Access to restricted material may only be granted with the written permission of HRW and must be submitted two months in advance of your research visit.
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The records of Human Rights Watch are restricted and require the permission of the organization to view, copy, and/or publish. If you wish to request boxes from this collection, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the collection, series, and box numbers in which you are interested. Once Human Rights Watch has reviewed the request, the scholar and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be contacted with specific instructions.
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
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.
3 Records76.25 linear ft. 1st accession accumulation, 1989-97
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Christopher M. Laico and Craig P. Savino (NYU, 2008) 2008.
Finding Aid written Christopher M. Laico 2008.
2012-08-14 File created.
2015-09-30 xml document instance updated by Adrien Hilton to reflect restrictions in vetted boxes.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
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.