Now available: Human Rights Studies Online | Alexander Street

Now available: Human Rights Studies Online

November 18, 2014


(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – With this week’s launch of theHuman Rights Studies Online collection, researchers and historians can now access thousands of rare materials that give voice to the countless victims ofhuman rights atrocities in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database that provides comprehensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide. The collection is growing to include more than 75,000 pages of text and 150 hours of videothat add new dimensions of understanding to the events of the past century.

The collection provides primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects. 

Resources for each topic guide users through the full scope of the event, from the historical context that made such violations possible through the international response, prosecution of perpetrators, and steps toward rebuilding.

Content is provided by preeminent historical archives and publishers, as well as video partners including Journeyman Pictures, BBC, and—an organization with more than 20 years of experience using video as an advocacy tool for addressing human rights violations and fostering change.

Library patrons can look to this resource for essential documentation including previously unpublished archival items:

  • Personal accounts and artifacts that illustrate the impact of policies on individuals.
  • Television footage, photographs, and NGO press releases showing how events were portrayed as they unfolded
  • Government and court documentation, some never before available digitally
  • Documentaries, interviews, monographs, essays, and articles that help contextualize events
  • Select works of arts and literature that memorialize those affected

“Through firsthand accounts and testimonies, we can learn about humanity at its best and at its worst.” said Nathalie Duval, history publisher at Alexander Street Press. “We publish this resource to tell the story of these atrocities with an eye toward understanding, so that these crimes can be prevented in the future."

Alexander Street Press’s Human Rights Studies Online is available to libraries worldwide via annual subscription or one-time purchase. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser. For more information or to request a trial or price quote, email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.


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Contact for Media Inquiries/Reviewer Access:
Abby Horowitz, Marketing Writer
Alexander Street Press
3212 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-212-8520 x 313
ahorowitz [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com

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