UNDEF funds Arabic legal search engine to serve general public

An UNDEF-funded initiative has developed a widely sought after Arabic-language legal search engine on human rights and humanitarian law. The engine, www.qanouni.org, makes it possible for even those without legal training to gain easy and systematic access to human rights instruments by searching by theme, date or country. It includes more than 250 multilateral conventions and over 170 thematic keywords. The project, implemented by Mandat International, presented its work during a side session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. An equivalent engine is accessible in English, French and Spanish at www.whatconvention.org.