Documentation Tools

The systematic documentation of reliable evidence underpins efforts to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations. These tools aim to support monitors of places of detention and public assemblies, and other human rights defenders, researchers and campaigners, in accurately documenting the use of military, security and police weapons and equipment.

Photographic evidence can make for compelling evidence and the growth of citizen journalism has helped to increase scrutiny on the public use of force. Our Guide to Taking Photos provides advice on taking good quality photographs that could lead to the positive identification of the equipment captured. Our Torture Tools Questionnaire and Practical Guide are intended to support the important work of torture monitors.