Ukweli: Monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Africa

The Ukweli series consist of a main handbook that identifies and defines steps for the research of human rights violations, and seven accompanying booklets on monitoring and investigating specific types of human rights violations. Ukweli is a Swahili word for ‘finding the truth.’ The Ukweli handbook has been developed in close consultation with a group of experienced human rights monitors in Africa and experts at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and with CODESRIA in Senegal.

The Main Handbook discusses principles of research, provides guidelines for contact building, monitoring, fact-finding, interviewing, documenting, and suggests strategies for tackling problems and challenges.

Each booklet is a practical guide for monitoring and investigating a specific type of violation, explaining when it is a human rights violation, how to monitor, how to investigate and how to assess information.

These publications are also available in French and Portuguese.

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Monitoring and Reporting Human Rights Violations

A Handbook for Community Activists. This short, small spiral booklet is a basic version of the Ukweli series brought together in one booklet. It is practical to use in the field. The booklet is translated into a number of African languages: Hausa, Somali, Kiswahili, as well as Arabic, French and Portuguese (see the column on the right hand side).

The Facilitators’ Guide: Training on Monitoring and Documenting Human Rights Violations

This guide aims to assist trainers with structuring learning around the principles and strategies outlined in the Ukweli handbook series. It is divided into 26 sessions, each of which includes the aim of the session, the learning objectives and a proposed method with an indicative timeframe. The guide is meant to be used as a menu rather than a rigid course outline. The approach is learner-centred and participatory. It provides exercises to increase knowledge and understanding of human rights monitoring as well as to develop skills such as interviewing and report writing.

The Facilitators’ Guide also includes a separate section with tools to be used for training on Basic Human Rights, as this is often offered in the introductory part of Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting (MDR) training programmes.