The aim of the Centre is to contribute to the implementation of the international human rights which will be realised through information dissemination and providing necessary documentation, teaching, giving expert advice, research and reporting, and publishing certain publications. The Centre is interdisciplinary and co-operates with other similar institutions, non-governmental organisations and national and international bodies dealing with human rights issues. The activities of the Centre are oriented in national as well as international direction.

With the founding of LDD the information and documentation role is extracted, profiled and has accomplished remarkable results. The usage of information resources, printed and electronic ones, has stepped out of the frame of given standards which is noticeable through statistics: in total, 11.124 information requests with delivered 138.716 pages of full text were solved. The support to various organisations in their capacity building, establishing library-information systems based on the Centre's model as well as assistance in information gathering, analysis and synthesis was given.

Because of the large scope of activities directed towards solving users' needs, IRLD (today LDD) was limited in establishing new services and in searching for new modalities of information-communication technologies application in computer supported human rights researches as well as in human rights librarianship. Extraordinary efforts, most of the time based on overtime work, were given to keep up with technology development. Rapid development of information and informatics sciences in the last few years led us to the idea to establish a new department to deal with mentioned problems. After research, modelling and adjustment of new systems developed or modified in RDD, the IRLD would implement them.

Purpose of RDD

These are challenging times with big demands for all high-level education and research institutions. Financial resources are limited and the needs grow rapidly. Human rights organisations with high budgets have the opportunity to buy completed systems, but those with small or non-existent budget are lagging in development and can't keep up with rapid development of science and technology. It is evident that for the researchers to be able to do their work efficiently they require a lot of information and adequate technologies.

RDD work is based on co-operation, complementarities and partnership with domestic and foreign institutions. RDD works as a database of accumulated knowledge in BH and the region; it is a meeting point for co-operation of academic and research institutions, faculties of social and technical sciences and other human rights and information-communication technologies institutions in BH and other countries.

RDD is based on creative work on systematic basis with the aim to increase knowledge and its application in developing new systems/applications and models in the field of education, research, counselling and documenting human rights. There is an evident need for RDD action as there is no such centre in the region with a development-research unit. Having the Centre recognised as one of the leading in the field of application of new technologies in the region, the establishment of RDD came in as an advantage and contribution to the affirmation of the University of Sarajevo in the region.