CAPE methods and ethics

Incidents and measures recorded in the database are those based on publicly-available sources such as court records, reports by human rights groups and credible press reports. In other words, the database only includes information already made public. The following sources were used systematically to build the database:

  1. European Court of Human Rights – check by country in the collection of 3600+ ‘Grand Chamber’ judgements,
  2. UN Human Rights – check by country/name,
  3. Human Rights Watch – check by country,
  4. Amnesty International Urgent Actions – check by country,
  5. Interpol Red Notices – check by name,
  6. Other relevant sites including:
  7. Google/Bing search by name to pick up general press sources — checks are also made on alternate spellings of names.

The CAPE database serves as a place of the collation and analysis of data – a one-stop shop to learn about political exiles and, more importantly, the patterns of extra-territorial security to which they are subject.   Given our choice, on ethical grounds, to include only public data in the database we have not requested permission from the persons named in the data. However, if any individual would like their entry removed from or revised in the database they may contact us to request such alterations.

Our reliance on public sources means that the database is inherently limited and can make no necessary claim to be representative. Academics and analysts using the database should therefore consider that, as a tip of the iceberg, it may not be representative of the whole.

We abide by academic-ethical principles of consent, confidentiality and anonymity regarding personal data. In a second phase of research we are conducting interviews with exiles, their family members, lawyers and activists. The data collected in this process is not in the public domain and we have no plans to make it available in anything other than a wholly anonymised form — and then only with the expressed consent of our participants. None of this data is included in the public database.

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