ArchiCom: Aportes practicos para archivos comunitarios de derechos humanos

What is ArchiCom?

ArchiCom: Practical Support to Community Archives of Human Rights (ArchiCom: Aportes Prácticos para Archivos Comunitarios de Derechos Humanos) is a suite of technical and conceptual tools for the preservation of non-state archives of human rights. The project, launched in December 2020 to mark UN International Human Rights Day, involves the design and delivery of advice, training, and resources to meet the needs of Colombian NGOs who safeguard Human Rights Archives.

Throughout the armed conflict, community-based organisations have striven to document cases of human rights violations, and the identities and testimonies of victims. ArchiCom lends support to volunteers safeguarding such archives, and aims to make them more accessible to civil society for the purposes of education, historical memory, clarification of truths – for example, patterns of violence related to gender, social identity and ethnicity – and transitional justice.

¿Qué es ArchiCom?

ArchiCom: Aportes Prácticos para Archivos Comunitarios de Derechos Humanos es una serie de herramientas técnicas y conceptuales para la preservación de archivos no-estatales de derechos humanos. El proyecto, lanzado en diciembre del 2020 con motivo del Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas, contempla el diseño y la prestación de asesoramiento, capacitación y recursos para satisfacer las necesidades de las ONG colombianas que salvaguardan los Archivos de Derechos Humanos

 A lo largo del conflicto armado, las organizaciones comunitarias se han esforzado por documentar los casos de violaciones de derechos humanos, y las identidades y los testimonios de las víctimas. ArchiCom presta apoyo a los voluntarios que salvaguardan dichos archivos, y que desean hacerlos más accesibles a la sociedad civil con fines educativos, para la memoria histórica, para el esclarecimiento de la verdad – por ejemplo, patrones de violencia relacionados con el género, la identidad social y la etnia –  y la justicia transicional.

What are the goals of ArchiCom?

The main goals of ArchiCom are:

  • To help with safeguarding irreplaceable community-based human rights archives, which are often fragmented, deteriorating, or at risk of digital or physical loss.
  • To support capacity-building among the guardians of community archives.
  • To facilitate greater accessibility, especially with respect to submissions to the Colombian Truth Commission.

Who is Involved?

ArchiCom is a project of researchers at the University of Liverpool in conjunction with 4 Colombian NGOs who have been documenting stories of victims of the armed conflict. These are:

Thanks to AHRC GCRF Follow-on Funding, experts from Colombia in information sciences and communication, Cecilia Andrea Acosta and Marcelo Díaz, have worked with Prof. Claire Taylor and Dr Lucia Brandi of the University of Liverpool and the volunteers and representatives of the NGOs to design and pilot the ArchiCom kit, and help increase use of these these community archives.

ArchiCom is the most recent project of the University of Liverpool research team Memory, Victims and Representation of the Colombian Conflict, which launched ‘A Museum for Me’ in 2019. Follow the actions of this project through @MVRColombia

¿Cuáles son los objetivos de Archicom?

Los principales objetivos de ArchiCom comprenden:

  • Ayudar a preservar archivos comunitarios de derechos, los cuales frecuentemente están fragmentados, en condición de deterioro, o bajo riesgo de pérdida física o digital
  • Apoyar al fomento de capacidades de los responsables de los archivos comunitarios
  • Facilitar una mayor accesibilidad, especialmente con respecto a la entrega de materiales a la Comisión de la Verdad

¿Quiénes estan involucrados?

ArchiCom es un proyecto de investigadoras de la Universidad de Liverpool, con la participación de 4 ONG colombianas que documentan las historias de las víctimas del conflicto armado. Estas 4 ONG son:

Gracias al apoyo financiero de una beca AHRC GCRF Follow-on Funding, dos expertos colombianos en ciencias de la información y comunicación, Cecilia Andrea Acosta y Marcelo Díaz, han trabajado con la Profesora Claire Taylor y la Dra. Lucia Brandi de la Universidad de Liverpool y los voluntarios y representantes de las ONG para diseñar y probar el kit ArchiCom, y ayudar a incrementar el uso de estos archivos comunitarios.

ArchiCom es el proyecto más reciente del equipo de investigación de la Universidad de Liverpool, Memoria, Víctimas y Representación del Conflicto Colombiano, que lanzó ‘Un Museo para Mí’ en 2019. Sigue las novedades de este proyecto a través de @MVRColombia

What is the kit?

¿Qué es el kit?

ArchiCom has put together a kit of technical and conceptual tools, to help protect Human Rights archives in a secure and manoeuvrable unit,  and to help increase the social use of such documentation. Each storage unit contains a manual with all the basic information  necessary for good day-to-day care of documents, and importantly, the tools that are required to carry out the task.

ArchiCom es un kit compuesto por instrumentos técnicos y conceptuales. Cada unidad de almacenamiento contiene un manual con toda la información basica y necesaria para el buen manejo a diario de los documentos, su clasificacion y conservacion, así como todos los instrumentos necesarios para el cuidado de los archivos, en una unidad segura y manejable.

Manual ArchiCom

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Meet the ArchiCom NGOs / Conozcan las ONG ArchiCom

Zoscua Corporation aims to raise awareness of the armed conflict and historical memory in Boyaca, a place that was once considered a haven of peace. With this awareness, Zoscua encourages people to ‘not forget to remember’ the victims of the Colombian conflict. This is carried out through a series of acts of memorial. For example, in 2007, when the corporation was founded, a group of supporters got together to place 600 funeral cards at the Plaza de Bolivar, in Boyaca’s capital city – Tunja. Since then, Zoscua Corporation has continued to carry out collective acts which promote the search for truth, the construction of historical memory, justice, the total reparation of victims, and reconciliation. These acts include the building of Monument Wall of Memory, Dignity and Life, in Tunja, and the memorial exhibitions displayed all across Boyaca.

Read more about Zoscua Corporation in the Learning Space

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The mission of the Popular Women’s Organisation (OFP) is to increase the empowerment and participation of women in Colombia, through the effective enjoyment of their fundamental rights. This vision is put into practice through a wide network of groups, which are supported by the strong links that the women themselves generate, in their own communities and neighbourhoods. Established in 1972, this autonomous group looks to defend the human rights of Colombian women, especially concerning class and gender, decent living conditions. and the construction of peace in Colombia. OFP promotes total non-violent resistance against all forms of violence, whether that be domestic abuse, armed conflict, or economic, social or political violence. OFP launched the Social Movement of Women Against War and for Peace in 1996, and has been a national NGO since 2000.

Read more about  Popular Women’s Organisation (OFP) in the Learning Space

The Network of Women Victims and Professionals is a women’s human rights organisation, which works for women, children, teenage and male victims of sexual violence in the context of the armed conflict and sociopolitical violence in Colombia. It looks to help victims emotionally, legally and politically by verifying their rights to justice reparation, non-repetition, empowerment and psychosocial support in the face of Colombian institutions. Since the NGO’s recent creation in 2016, it has established its support network of workshops in 9 Colombian regions, with 17 regional supporters, and has worked together with the Sema Network and the Investigation and Prosecution Unit in order to support victims of sexual violence.

Read more about Network of Women Victims and Professionals in the Learning Space

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The mission of Guagua Foundation is to defend the human rights of people living in vulnerable communities, namely victims of crimes committed by the state and during the violence of the armed conflict in the region of Valle de Cauca and the southwest of Colombia. Founded in 2000, many victims of crimes against humanity and their family members have contributed to its work. Throughout its 20 years of action, they have worked to increase the visibility and reporting of these crimes, as well as to aid the promotion of human rights in this area of the country. Based in Cali, the capital city of Valle de Cauca, the Guagua Foundation transports exhibitions, performance art and workshops around the region with the aim of denouncing the multitude of crimes against humanity that have affected thousands of people, their communities and their organizations. These artistic, cultural demonstrations of memory have significantly impacted society in Valle de Cauca.

Read more about Guagua Foundation  in the Learning Space

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A Calendar for Me     /  Un Calendario para Mí

You can access a copy of the @MVRColombia Calendar here

You can create a calendar of your own to record your own history and memories in A Museum for Me Workshop

Pueden acceder el calendario  @MVRColombia Calendar aqui

Pueden crear su propio calendario para documentar la historia y las memoriias suyas en A Museum for Me Workshop

A Calendar for Me

A Calendar for Me is a 2021 calendar that has been produced by A Museum for Me to highlight the work, goals, progress, solidarity and memories of the MVR project’s NGO member groups. It was created by means of collective workshops and serves as a tool with which memory and representation of the conflict in Colombia can be preserved and maintained, whilst acknowledging important dates worldwide marking human rights and peacebuilding. A Calendar for Me is a tool that facilitates the uncovering of truths, the representation of victims, and stands in solidarity with the member groups that the MVR project is working with. In line with the main objectives of A Museum for Me, this calendar  memorialises experiences, dates and persons who have been under- represented, such as women, children and minority groups.  Traditionally, museums are spaces that exhibit objects and tell stories that society deems to be important to the construction of the history and culture of a country or region. The images and dates included in the calendar have been generated by the different member groups and allies of @MVRColombia in workshops and discussions. Whilst artistic creations act as tangible objects that can be viewed and inspire remembrance and representation, memory itself is the protagonist in all the activities and materials that emerge in A Museum for Me.

Un Calendario para Mí

Un Calendario para Mí es un calendario del año 2021 que  hace visible el trabajo, los logros, la solidaridad, el progreso y las memorias de los grupos integrantes y aliados no-gubernamentales del proyecto MVR. Fue creado por medio de talleres colectivos y sirve como intervención directa en la memoria y la representación del conflicto Colombiano, a la vez que reconoce fechas importantes mundiales para honrar los derechos humanos y la construcción de paz. Un Calendario para Mí incluye fechas y personas que antes no estaban adecuadamente representadas, como mujeres, niñas, niños, y grupos minoritarios. Facilita el descubrimiento de verdades y es un catalizador para el cambio en la representación de víctimas, y de esta manera promueve  los objetivos principales de Un Museo para Mí.

Tradicionalmente, los museos han sido espacios que exponen objetos e historias que la sociedad considera que son importantes para la construcción de la historia y cultura de un país o región. Las fotos y fechas que aparecen en el calendario provienen de los miembros y aliados del proyecto @MVRColombia, productos de sus talleres y discusiones. Mientras que el calendario y otras creaciones artísticas son objetos tangibles de representación, la memoria en sí es la protagonista en el calendario, y en ‘todos los materiales y las actividades que surgen en los espacios de Un Museo para Mí. 

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