A Consortium of ten organizations, led by the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), developed the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit.  The Consortium members have extensive experience working across multiple sectors in human rights documentation.  The program was supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.


The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) is a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to its clients, which include governments, sub-state entities, and civil society groups worldwide.   Through its work, PILPG promotes the use of international law as an alternative to violent conflict for resolving international disputes.  PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and effective institutions.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization that seeks to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program at AAAS addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology.

Patrick Vinck & Phuong Pham

Patrick Vinck & Phuong Pham of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), which is a Harvard University academic and research center. The mission of the HHI is to conduct research and education on the practice of relieving human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide.

The Humanitarian Law Center

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) supports post-Yugoslav societies in the promotion of the rule of law and acceptance of the legacy of mass human rights violations, and therefore in establishing the criminal responsibility of the perpetrators, serving justice, and preventing recurrence.

The International Bar Association’s eyeWitness to Atrocities App

The International Bar Association’s eyeWitness to Atrocities App, which is an easy-to-use camera app that captures the metadata needed to ensure the images can be used in investigations or trials and safely stores the information in a storage facility maintained by the eyeWitness organization. eyeWitness seeks to bring the perpetrators of atrocities to justice by providing a tool for human rights defenders, journalists, and other courageous citizens to capture verifiable footage related to international atrocity crimes.

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) is a network spanning 55 countries that uses lessons of the past to take action on challenges to democracy, social justice and human rights. ICSC is sites, individuals, and initiatives activating the power of places of memory to engage the public in connecting past and present in order to envision and shape a more just and humane future.

OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International, formerly known as The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. OutRight is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBTIQ human rights movement worldwide to effectively conduct documentation of LGBTIQ human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe.

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) uses medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR was founded on the idea that physicians, scientists, and other health professionals possess unique skills that lend significant credibility to the investigation and documentation of human rights abuses. PHR’s specialized expertise is used to advocate for persecuted health workers, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable.

SecDev Cyber

SecDev Cyber aims to improve awareness through open intelligence and does this by building search and discovery infrastructure, conducting expert analysis on data uncovered.

SecDev Foundation

SecDev Foundation is a Canadian think-do tank that works at the cross-roads of conflict, development and new technology. SecDev Foundation works with local stakeholders in countries and regions affected by conflict, insecurity and fragility in the Middle East, Latin America, Eurasia, Africa and Asia. SecDev Foundation’s aim is to build a better world through open intelligence and empowerment.