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Conflict

Pursuing accountability and restoring the historical record

The Human Rights Center has worked at the heart of some of the world’s most dire conflicts — from eastern Congo to Cambodia to Ukraine. What started as fact-finding missions on the ground has evolved into efforts to help resolve violence globally, digital open source investigations of ongoing conflicts, and efforts to hold perpetrators of human rights violations to account. Our team remains flexible to the ever-changing conditions of conflict. In response to massive digital outpourings from active conflict zones over the last decade, we’ve set global standards for the collection and documentation of digital information depicting potential violations of international criminal and humanitarian law. 

News

Two young women look at the camera.

March 21, 2024

More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms

HRC in the News — Berkeley News: More than 120 protesters blinded by Iranian agents, probe confirms, profiling the Iran investigation supported by the Investigations Lab and HRC’s

Official Launch: Iranian Archive. Following the release of the UN Fact-finding Mission on Iran's report to the UN Human Rights Council, our coalition is announcing the launch of the Iranian Archive. This landmark archive forensically preserved 1,000,000+ vulnerable digital artifacts recording serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Woman, Life, Freedom movement protesters. The Iranian Archive is intended to support future investigations and accountability proceedings.

March 18, 2024

Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts

HRC in the News — Mnemonic: Launching the Iranian Archive to Support Future Accountability Efforts, announcing the Iran Archive – a joint effort by the Atlantic Council’s Strategic

An illustration of two scales and a circular olive branch are seen on a window of a building.

March 13, 2024

Evidence of Russian Cyber Operations Could Bolster New ICC Arrest Warrants

Commentary — Lawfare: Evidence of Russian Cyber Operations Could Bolster New ICC Arrest Warrants, authored by Lindsay Freeman.

Ronald Lamola, South Africa’s minister of justice and correctional services, center, speaks to the press outside the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu via Getty Images

January 26, 2024

UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed

HRC in the News — The Conversation: UN court ruling against Israel shows limits of legal power to prevent genocide − but rapid speed, interviewing Senior Researcher Victor Peskin.

Judges and parties sit during a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 12, 2024. Patrick Post

January 22, 2024

International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza

Commentary — Toronto Star: International law, not history, holds the promise of protecting life in Gaza, co-authored by Research Fellow Amanda Ghahremani.