Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring

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Reports should be:
1. precise and accurate; based on verified information;
2. promptly prepared; and
3. action-oriented.
There are typically four kinds of internal reports within the operation:
1. Periodic reports document work accomplished and plans;
2. Emergency reports provide a quick way of alerting managers of the need for action;
3. Interview reports/questionnaires provide a way of recording the results of an
interview and do not provide an interview protocol;
4. Incident reports.
External reports are designated by the chief of the operation:
1. for the Government as a means of working with the Government to improve their
protection of human rights;
2. within the UN system, including to report to the operation's Headquarters; and
3. to the media.

External reports are usually based on internal reports from area offices, which must provide detailed information, use consistent terminology, and adopt consistent approaches to information, so that the officer at the central office who prepares the external report can rely on the facts gathered and can draw useful general conclusions about the evolving human rights situation.

A. Introduction

1. Reporting is an essential element of the human rights monitoring function. Reporting must be adapted to the mandate of the human rights field operation and to the needs of those officers who are managing it. A distinction is made


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