Tutorial: Search

Tutorial: Search

The ADP search interface allows you to search the database by a number of criteria, divided into the following categories:

Bulletin

  • Bulletin Title: Enter a search term to locate bulletins with that search term in the title (i.e. entering “torture” will yield all results with “torture” in the bulletin title)
  • Source: Select the source you would like to find bulletins from. Sources include government and non-government organizations, as well as general categories such as “media/press report,” “interview,” and “other.”
  • Bulletin Author: Enter an author name to find bulletins from that author.

Source Document

  • Document Title: Enter a search term to locate bulletins draw from source documents with that search term in the title (i.e. entering “torture” will yield all results with “torture” in the source document title)
  • Source Date From/To: Enter the approximate or exact date range the source document was published using the calendar buttons.

Participant Information

  • Canonical Name: Select a canonical name of a participant from the dropdown.
  • Affiliated Institution: Enter the name of an institution (i.e. “Taliban”)
  • Participant Type: Select whether the participant in the incident is a group or individual.
    • If the participant is a GROUP, you may then search by the following criteria:
      • Group size: Select a range from the dropdown.
      • Group Identity: Select a group identity from the dropdown.
      • Participant Faction/Political Affiliation: Select an affiliation from the dropdown.
    • If the participant is an INDIVIDUAL, you may then search by the following criteria:
      • Rank and title: Enter search terms for the participant’s rank and title, if that participant is affiliated with a larger group.
      • Alias: Enter a participant’s alias.
      • Age: Enter a participant’s age.
      • Gender: Select a participant’s gender from the dropdown.

Event Information

  • Keyword: Select one or more keywords associated with the incident from the dropdown.
  • Act or Acts: Enter a search term for acts taking place in the incident.
  • From/To: Enter the approximate or exact date range of the event.
  • Province: Select the province in which the incident occurred from the dropdown.
  • District: Select the district in which the incident occurred from the dropdown.

Actor

  • Perpetrator: Enter a search term for any perpetrator of the act. Searches can be for a specific individual or more general search terms such as identifying factors of gender, age, the mode of attack, or an affiliation (e.g. “woman,” “child,” suicide bomber,” or “Taliban”)
  • Victim: Enter a search term for any victim of the act. Searches can be for a specific individual or more general search terms such as identifying factors of gender, age, or an affiliation (e.g. “woman,” “child,” or “United Nations”)
  • Witness: Enter a search term for any witness of the act. Searches can be for a specific individual or more general search terms such as identifying factors of gender, age, or an affiliation (e.g. “woman,” “child,” or “United Nations”)

Who Are We

The Afghanistan Documentation Project is the product of a partnership between the War Crimes Research Office and the Pence Law Library of the American University Washington College of Law and the U.S. Institute of Peace. It was established to collect and create a fully searchable and publicly accessible database of documents regarding human rights and humanitarian law violations committed in Afghanistan since 1978.