IOHA Supports Oral Historians in Conflict Zones

 The International Oral History Association would like to draw attention to restraints placed on oral historians who are trying to operate in regions where significant political upheaval occurs.

IOHA respects the rights of all people to have basic freedoms and condemns communications restrictions and other measures that impinge on intellectual freedom.   Such restrictions are common in conflict zones and shut down the efforts of oral historians to record some of the most important events in world history.  These are the times when it is most important to record personal oral accounts of events as they happen.

The International Oral History Association deplores this censorship and urges governments at war to allow researchers an open pathway to historical enquiry.

The Council of the International Oral History Association