Russian Human Rights Library Receives Grant
MAY 4, 2009—The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center at the Law School has received a two-year grant of $150,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support further development of its online Russian Human Rights Library.
A critical resource for the Russian-speaking human rights community, the Russian Human Rights Library includes treaties, declarations, UN Charter-based and treaty-body materials, regional materials (with a focus on the European Court of Human Rights), and country-specific reports, alternative reports of Russian NGOs, and educational and training manuals.
The Russian Library is part of the Center's Human Rights Library, located on both the World Wide Web and the Law School's third floor. In addition to Russian and English, it contains material in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Swedish.
With more 60,000 core human rights documents, the Human Rights Library is one of the nation's largest resources for human rights research. It provides access to more than 4,000 links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. In the past year, it has logged more than 3 million users from 150 countries.
David Weissbrodt, the Law School's Regents Professor and Fredrikson & Byron Professor, founded the Human Rights Center in 1988 with the mission "to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights locally, nationally, and internationally." In 1989, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer joined Weissbrodt as co-director.
To access the Human Rights Library, go to www.humanrightslibrary.org. For the Russian Human Rights Library, go to www1.umn.edu/humanrts/russian/Rindex.html.