One important part of human rights testimony is obtaining informed consent. Informed consent means the interviewee freely agrees to speak to you and has the information he or she needs to make that decision.
To obtain informed consent, you need to follow these seven steps:
- Identify yourself and any affiliation you have
- Explain the goal of your research and what you plan to do with it
- Ask them if they have any questions about who you are and what you do
- Don’t promise anything you can’t deliver on
- Assess the implications and consequences of the interview
- Ask if they want to be identified in public or in documents they might share with others
- Obtain informed consent and agree on publication methods
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