Founders and Contributors

Human Rights Internet (HRI)

For more than 40 years, HRI has been part of the international human rights and social justice landscape.

Initially affiliated with Harvard University’s Faculty of Law, in cooperation with the faculty’s Human Rights Program, HRI built an impressive reputation for promoting human rights and social justice, through internships and intern training, workshops and intern opportunities to promote dialogue and ‘quiet’ diplomacy, and transferring knowledge of human rights documentation.

The emergence of the internet and social media have radically changed the way human rights advocates, practitioners and researchers can communicate, share and work together to promote human rights and social justice.

HRI has played a part in this by steadfastly gathering, documenting and cataloguing human rights information from around the world, and making it available to libraries and international collections. As more people look online for reliable information, HRI has focused efforts to ensure accessible and comprehensive resources are publically available online

Today, HRI is building an online resource-hub, where individuals and organizations can access relevant, comprehensive and dynamic human rights resources. The goal is to inspire education, advocacy and dialogue on human rights in Canada and beyond.

Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC)

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) was created in 1981 and is one of the oldest in Canada and North America. It comprises researchers from the Faculties of Law, Social Sciences and the Arts at the University of Ottawa. The Centre supports the work of our members, the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Human Rights and a Fulbright Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice as well as a postdoctoral fellow and a number of visiting researchers. Our academic, graduate student and community members benefit from a dynamic bilingual and bi-juridical environment, placing a particular emphasis on public policy and social justice.

HRREC offers a number of online courses and two annual summer school on International Humanitarian Law and The Arts and Human Rights. Since September 2014, the HRREC runs a Human Rights Clinic for graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Ottawa to develop their knowledge and acquire new skills in relation to projects in Canada and abroad.

HRREC organizes numerous events and participates in various initiatives to raise awareness of different human rights issues in Canada and internationally, such as the University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival and Scholars at Risk Ottawa Program. For information about these initiatives and upcoming events, research activities, partnerships and publications, please visit


This database has been created through a partnership between Human Rights Internet (HRI) and the Human Rights Clinic of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) of the University of Ottawa. The Human Rights Clinic coordinator of this project was Janine Lespérance.

This database could not have been completed without the involvement of the following students, who assisted in gathering official documents:

  • Lavinia Allary
  • Miriam Czarski
  • Vannaro Diep
  • Jesse Emmond
  • Sandra Gaballa
  • Lilou Jiang
  • Aline Mourão
  • Salahuddin Rafiquddin
  • Ferishta Saboor

In addition, substantial support for this project was provided by Sarah French of HRI.

The database was developed by EquiNet Consulting Inc., an Ottawa-based company that specializes in database application development.