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If you are a human rights defender who is interested in using the Defenders’ Database (DiDi), please drop us an email. We will do our best to give you an account as fast as possible. When you have received the confirmation and agreed to the terms and conditions you will receive a username and a password that will allow you to access both the online database and the offline application.
DiDi is easy to use and intuitive as it is, but if you would like a manual there are English and Spanish versions available for download. There is also a list of definitions with the different types of violations that can be recorded in the Database. Do not forget to send us feedback on the manuals and the list!
When you have enough data registered, you can sort and filter it in accordance with your needs and then download the set of data in a CSV format in order to create your own visualisations. In order for it to be presented on DiDi’s graph-and-map tool, you will have to become a certified user. Please contact us to make it happen.
If you have a lot of reports on human rights violations stored in your computer, or somewhere else, and want to import them onto the database, please contact us and we will set up a meeting and discuss the possibilities.
DiDi is part of Civil Rights Defenders’ wider support to human rights defenders, which includes the Natalia Project, Defenders’ Days, Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, and the Emergency Fund. The first beta-version of DiDi was launched in April 2018 and will be updated continuously, so please follow our news section for the latest information.
Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional, CCDHRN
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) was founded on 10 October 1987 by a group of former political prisoners and dissidents. Their work is focused on promoting and defending fundamental human rights in Cuba. The organisation is not recognised by the Cuban authorities and has no legal status. It is however considered the oldest still active human rights organisation in the country, and its reports are widely considered to be the most accurate when it comes to human rights violations against human rights defenders in the country. CCDHRN works in several areas to defend and promote the respect for all human rights. Their work includes:
- Providing free legal aid to vulnerable individuals.
- Researching the human rights situation in Cuba.
- Providing humanitarian aid to victims of violations and their families.
- Publishing monthly reports on human rights violations.
- Publishing reports on political prisoners
- Monitoring the situation in prisons.
- Providing training to human rights defenders.
The monthly reports from CCDHRN include records of five types of incidents; arbitrary detentions, repudiation acts, vandalic acts, physical aggression and threats. All of their monthly reports are available on their website.
Centro de Información Hablemos Press, CIHPress
Hablemos Press is an organisation dedicated to producing independent news and human rights reports from Cuba. It was founded on 3 February 2009 by independent journalists and human rights defenders. Most of their reports are published on their website, but the journalists of the organisation also publish articles on other news outlets. Hablemos Press started producing monthly reports on arbitrary detentions of human rights defenders in 2009.
Since October 2015, Hablemos press have not had the resources to continue publishing their monthly reports. During 2016, police harassment, detentions, beatings and confiscation of their equipment made it increasingly difficult for the members of the organisation to continue working. In 2017, a couple of members of the organisation were trained to use DiDi to start reporting arbitrary detentions again, check the map-and-graph-tool.
The monthly reports that were produced between 2010 and 2015 and has been imported onto DiDi can be found here.