Over the course of this past year, the Minnesota-Antioquia Human Rights Partnership has working to develop access to Spanish-language materials through the Online Human Rights Library. The online library is a great way for the partnership to share information pertinent to Colombia, human rights issues, vulnerable groups, human rights institutions, among humanitarian law, and among other important topics, in a very user-friendly way.
Under the Colombia category, the website is designed for people to familiarize themselves with the Colombian partners involved in the project; accordingly, the webpage includes a country profile, the Colombian Constitution, and the International Human Rights treaties that Colombia has ratified. The vulnerable groups section offers information on children, internally displaced people, people living with disabilities, women, elderly, indigenous populations, and populations at environmental risk.
The partnership works to provide materials online both in Spanish and in English, in order to increase opportunity and accessibility to this information, a particularly important goal of the project in that it facilitates dialogue, participation, and inclusion across its various other initiatives. In total, approximately 3,040 Spanish-language materials have been made available in the UMN Human Rights Library to both the University of Minnesota and Antioquia law school students and faculty. Through these efforts, this library has become a great resource for both the U of M and our Colombian counterparts. We hope to continuously add to this bank of information, and wish it to be a sustained reservoir of knowledge following the project's conclusion. Check out the online library
Written by Isabella Salomão Nascimento