In recent years the global archivist community, alongside human rights activists and legal experts, have started consolidating principles and guidelines for access to archives. The guidelines were drafted using glossaries, policy papers of state and inter-state bodies, and national and international courts’ case law. These sets of professional principles and guidelines are designed to help archives and archivists uphold their ethical duties to ensure wide access to the archives, while properly balancing their duty to protect interests such as security and privacy.

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