About DiDi

The commitment

In one way or another we can all be defenders of human rights. Whether it is when we stand up for our friends and relatives when we believe that they have been mistreated or overlooked by the state, or when we take to the streets to make sure that our voices are heard. At Civil Rights Defenders we stand up for civil and political rights. We are committed to strengthening defenders globally and create the necessary tools to continue the work for a better day.

The tool

The Defenders’ Database (DiDi) is an easy-to-use tool designed to help human rights defenders to efficiently record, analyse and visualise data on human rights violations.

The features

  • Recording: Human rights defenders can submit records of violations on DiDi both online and offline. There is an excel template that can be imported to the database. It is also possible to attach documents, photos and links to each report.
  • Filtering: The DiDi users can filter their reports in the database and export the data for the purpose of visualisation and analysis.
  • Parsing: Human rights organisations all over the world store and save records of human rights violations in different formats. Whether it is in PDF, Word, Excel or paperback, there is a lack of coherence in most suitable format. In order to achieve consistency, we have created a parsing module that can read old reports. Please contact us directly if you have a dataset you would like to import to DiDi.
  • Visualising: If you become a certified user, you will be able to share the total number of violations added by your organisation through the map-and-graph-tool at the DiDi web page. The data can then be filtered according to the wishes of the visitor. The data is always anonymised.

The community

By using DiDi you can be sure that your reports live up to international standards for human rights collection of information. You also become part of our human rights defenders community where we share best practices in the work and provide solidarity and support to victims of violations. If you or your organisations are interested in using DiDi and become part of our community, read more here, and please contact us at database@crd.org and we will tell you more.