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AHPN Digital Archive User Guide Published by UT Austin

AHPN User GuideWe are happy to announce publication of the AHPN Digital Archive User Guide. This 44-page detailed manual contains a wealth of information, including specific examples, on how to conduct successful searches in the archive. The guide contains specific sections on how to use the search and browse functions of the archive, how to use the Registro Maestro de Fichas, the general organizational format of the archive, as well as search strategies with examples and screenshots.

To view or download the guide, click on the cover or link above and then click on either the PDF icon or text link under “Files in this work.”

“From Silence to Memory”: A Vital Resource for Using the AHPN Digital Archive

From Silence to MemoryFrom Silence to Memory: Revelations of the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional is the English language translation of a 500 page report originally published by the AHPN in Spanish in 2011. The book is the single most important reference work for conducting research with the AHPN archival records as it provides extensively documented details on the overall structure of the National Police as well as the myriad units that were part of it, including their relationships to one another and their functions. The structure and functions of the National Police constitute the primary organizing principle for the the AHPN’s archival arrangement. From Silence to Memory also contains numerous exemplary cases of actual research conducted using the archive, including reproductions of the actual documents. These exemplary cases can be used as a guide or template for conducting research using the Digital Archive.

To view or download the full text of From Silence to Memory, which was translated and published by the University of Oregon, click on the link above and then click on the file link under “Files in this item”.

Conference: Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, to take place February 7-8, 2013. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda

Since the early 1990s, the human rights movement has increasingly taken up the mantra of anti-impunity and placed its faith in criminal justice systems—international, domestic and transnational—to achieve it.  Indeed, it is difficult to find the identification of a human rights violation today that does not call for criminal investigation and the prosecution of perpetrators.  To the extent there are debates about that strategy, they generally take place around the question “where,” not whether, prosecutions should occur.  With the growth of the international criminal arena and increased pressure on states to engage in prosecutions of human rights violators, even if not especially from years long past, an increasing amount of attention has been placed on uncovering, developing and making accessible archives that might assist now or in the future with the fight against impunity.

This conference will bring together scholars, human rights advocates and policy makers from around the world to assess critically the human rights movement’s focus on anti-impunity. What is gained and lost with this focus?

Read more details about the conference “Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda,” including the full conference schedule and speaker bios.