|Search 15 human rights databases at once. [Search]|
|What is it?|
|asylumlaw.org's Super-Search is a "meta" search engine that is tailored to searching the best sources on the internet for country conditions documentation. A "meta" search engine is one that uses other search engines to find its results.|
|How does it work?|
In some cases, Super-Search uses other search engines to find its results. For instance, the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia maintains a database of over 20,000 decisions. Rather than copy their database for searching, Super-Search uses the RRT's own search engine to query the existing database. The top five results from the RRT database are then displayed as results from Super-Search.
In other cases, a search engine is not available for Super-Search to use. For instance, the US State Department does not have a search engine for its human rights reports. In these instances, asylumlaw.org has created its own searchable database for use by Super-Search.
Finally, there are some instances where an existing search engine is either too unreliable or too broad in its scope. Amnesty, for example, has their own search engine for their site. However, we have decided to create our own database that contains only the country reports on their site. For this reason, using Super-Search to search Amnesty material may give you different results than using the search engine on that site.
|How do I limit results?|
Use the pull-down menu, , to select the type of search you wish to perform. Do not use quotes, parentheses or any other form of punctuation.
|Contents of Super-Search (the databases):|
The documents available on asylumlaw.org, including searchable PDF documents (note: PDF documents that are scanned images are not searchable).
Country reports and news releases from the Amnesty International site (search database is updated bi-weekly). NOTE: this database includes ONLY the country reports and news releases on the Amnesty site, not the entire site itself. Using Amnesty's own search engine (located at: http://www.amnesty.org/search.html) might give you different results.
|Canada (IRB) REFINFO database|
The REFINFO database at the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board website. REFINFO is "is a compilation of Responses to Requests for Information submitted to the Research Directorate during the refugee determination process."
|Canada (IRB) REFQUEST database|
The REFQUEST database at the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board website. REQUEST is "a database which contains the research papers in the Question and Answer Series published by the Research Directorate since 1995. The papers provide concise and current information on specific issues of interest to the IRB in countries of origin of refugee claimants."
|Canada (IRB) REFLEX decisions database|
The REFLEX database at the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board website. REFLEX is a database of recent immigration decisions by the IRB. NOTE: Super Search only searches on English decisions. Searches on French language decisions are available at the CIRB website.
|The database of documents at ECOI.net (European Country of Origin Network).|
|Human Rights Watch|
|Country reports and other materials from the Human Rights Watch web site, using Human Rights Watch's search engine to find results.|
|Refugee Caselaw Site|
|Database of searchable decisions (in PDF format) at the Refugee Case Law website.|
|Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia|
|Full-text database of searchable decisions by the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal.|
|Refugee Status Appeals Authority of New Zealand|
|Full-text database of decisions by the Refugee Status Appeals Authority of New Zealand.|
|U.K. Home Office Country Assessments (2002)|
|The latest country reports at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate web site.|
|UNHCHR Charter-Based Bodies Database|
|Full-text database of the charter-based bodies from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.|
|UNHCR Country of Origin and Legal Information|
|A very comprehensive database of human rights reports and legal documents, maintained by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.|
|U.S. State Department Country Reports ('96-'01)|
|Reports on Country Conditions and Human Rights Practices from 1996 through 2001, and the Reports on Religious Freedom.|
|US INS Resource Information Center Reports|
|All the INS reports available on the INS website, including the reports in PDF format. This includes the Profile Series, Alert Series, Perspective Series, Question & Answer Series, Master Exhibit Series, Information Packet Series, and Query Responses.|
|Note: asylumlaw.org cannot guarantee that all mentioned documents have been added to the various search databases. Some documents may be irretrievable due to bad links or temporary site failures.|