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Project Diana, an international human rights site, is an acclaimed site that features a very attractive front page and that originated with the noble desire to develop a working database for daily use by human rights scholars and activists around the world. But there’s a lot less here than meets the eye. The archive, which is maintained under the auspices of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, is not nearly as broad as it ought to be if it is to serve as this kind of resource. For example, the main list of documents features only two entries on Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and only one on female genital mutilation, both current topics about which a good deal has been written. The designated “hot topics” on the site are no more than lukewarm, some dating back to 1998. (The “Diana” in whose memory the site is named, incidentally, is not the late princess, who did gain some renown for human rights activism, but an equally estimable, if less famous, British woman. That was Diana Vincent-Daviss, who was the Schell school’s deputy director when she died in 1993.) Until the Yale folks get busy and put a good deal more material on their site, it will be hard to recommend it as the place to go in the important and growing field of international human rights.

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