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HU OSA 350
Fonds 350: Records of the International Monitor Institute

Date(s) 1980-2002

Extent and medium

12 Archival boxes, 2 linear meters
1524 Beta SP, 46 linear meters
1 mini DV, 0.00 linear meters
3 SVHS, 0.08 linear meters
373 VHS, 9 linear meters
Total: 57 linear meters

Name of creator(s) International Monitor Institute (IMI)

Archival history

IIn 2002 Pippa Scott (producer of the Dallas series and once a successful Broadway actress in her own right) donated her collection of over 5,000 hours of footage documenting genocide in recent years to the Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU). In the past, OSA, together with the Open Society Institute, had provided substantial support for to the activities of Ms Scott's archive.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

International Monitor Institute, Los Angeles, USA

Scope and content

The 'Genocide Archive' consist of approx. 5.000 hours video footage documenting genocide in Europe, Asia the Middle East and Africa in the1990s and early 2000.

The 'Balkan Archives' comprises more than 3,000 hours of Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, English, American, German and other Western news programs, television reports, propaganda films and documentaries about the most tragic events of the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. The Balkan collection also hosts recordings of the post-war trial proceedings at the ICTY.

The Genocide Archive further fetaures amateur and raw footage, documentaries, top secret propaganda materials and news reports about grave human rights violations in Burma, Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the Middle East. The bulk of the collection was produced by international civil and intergovermental agencies, media companies and civil liberties groups engaged in worldwide campaigns to defend human rights, to pinpoint oppressive regimes and human rights violations.

Accruals Not expected

System of arrangement

Conditions governing access Open to researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyrights are held by producers (no rights are held by OSA at CEU).

Language/scripts of material

(No dialogue), (silent), Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Eastern, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Central, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Macedonian, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Video footage are recorded on Beta Sp NTSC (approx. 75% ) and on VHS NTSC (25%).

Existence and location of originals


• Balkans, Burma, Cambodia, Middle East, Rwanda, Sierral Leone, Yugoslavia

• armed forces, ethnic cleansing, exile, extrajudicial executions, flight, forced migration and expulsion, forced labour, genocide, human rights, inhuman treatment, mass graves, mass killing, military government, minority groups, occupations, paramilitaries, persecutions, prisons, rape, refugee camps, torture, war crimes, victims

Date(s) of descriptions

Balkan Archives videos processed by Branislav Kovacevic and Sergei Dobrynin in 2003-2005. Revised by Zsuzsanna Zadori June 2005.
Asia, Africa and the Middle East processed by Aniko Kovecsi and Alexandra Lazau-Ratz (2009-2010). Revised by Csaba Szilagyi.
Online version updated 30 October 2013
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