25th meeting

16-17 May 2002
Geneva, Switzerland
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The 25th meeting of the ECCHRD was organised by HURIDOCS and the documentation centre of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in Utrecht, acting as Secretariat for the meeting.

The meeting was preceded, on May 15th, by several excursions to libraries/documentation centres of United Nations agencies: the International Labour Office (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Office Geneva (UNOG), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The meeting included a presentation on copyright law, with emphasis on those aspects which are interesting for human rights documentation. This was followed by an overview of the various websites maintained by the United Nations system and a presentation on The web, metadata and the Dublin Core.

The second day included presentations on the documentation work of the International Bureau of Education (IBE) and developments within HURIDOCS, as well as an exchange of views with HURIDOCS CC (Board) members on activities in the European region.

Three thematic groups were formed: Torture, including PDN (Psychotrauma Documentation Network); Vulnerable groups, including refugees, children, women; and Database project and Dublin Core. After their meetings, these groups reported back to the plenary session. A final presentation was on the eXtensible Markup Language XML for human rights work.