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We regret to inform you that the Documentation Centre of SIM, including its databases will be closed in the near future. Due to changing circumstances, such as the increasing amount of information available elsewhere and the investments that would be required to maintain substantive added value, this decision has been taken. This means that SIM's databases will be no longer be updated and that they will go offline on 1 January 2015 or earlier if circumstances so require.

Thank you for using our databases.

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    Access to the databases
    The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) has several databases. Through this site, databases are made available to the public.

    Searching and browsing
    You can browse through a database by using the various categories which you can find at the left-hand side of the screen (e.g. By Author, By State, By Date), but you can also search the databases. The databases can be searched by using the simple full text search method, or the more sophisticated field search. Help files are available. (Note: all keywords are in English.)

    There are two sections of databases:

    1. Library: this section contains the databases 'RATIF' and 'INSTRUMENTS'. 'Ratif' provides information on the status of ratification of international and regional human rights instruments. 'Instruments' contains the texts of human rights instruments.
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    2. Case law: provides access to the databases containing the case law of international supervisory organs. These contain jurisprudence of the Human Rights Committee ('CCPR'), the Committee Against Torture ('CAT'), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination ('CERD') and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women ('CEDAW'). Furthermore, there is a database containing information on judgements of the European Court of Human Rights ('ECHR'). The concluding observations of the United Nations treaty bodies in the context of the country reports have been made accessible ('UNCOM'). Finally the general comments and general recommendations of the UN treaty bodies are available ('General Comments'). The case law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was recently included and is integrated in the case law database of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ('Tribunals').
    To search this section click here

    More detailed information on the various databases is provided in the sections concerned.

    SIM aims at continuously improving its services, we therefore invite you to submit any comments you may have on the databases. Please contact the Documentation Centre by email:




Last Modified: 13-01-2014 16:18:19 (Documentation SIM)