This article addresses the question of how human rights practitioners know about harm. In particular, what forms of torture and ill-treatment are made legible through human rights documentation? We argue human rights documentation techniques can systematically under perceive the extent of torture and ill-treatment among people living in poverty. The article is based on research in Kenya, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and sets out 5 key predispositions in documentation techniques that result in implicit discrimination.
This work is part of ‘A Comparative Analysis of the Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment in Low-Income Countries’ project supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Department for International Development.
Jensena, Steffen , Kelly, Tobias & Andersen, Morten Koch & Christiansen, Catrine & Sharma, Jeevan Raj. “Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Perceived: Human Rights Documentation and the Poor.” Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 39 no. 2, 2017, pp. 393-415. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/hrq.2017.0023
Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Perceived: Human Rights Documentation and the Poor