Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims(BRCT) founded by Akram H. Chowdhury. It is a non-profitable and non-governmental organization registered by Department of Social Welfare and NGO Affairs Bureau of Bangladesh.

BRCT provides treatment and rehabilitation only to those torture survivors' perpetrated and victimized by the personnel of the law enforcement agencies, security forces and related public agencies. BRCT - a house against torture.

The vision of BRCT is a torture free Bangladesh.

BRCT is running a Documentation Centre, the only centre in Bangladesh having information and documents on human rights topics focusing on torture. BRCT established this documentation centre in 1993 of worldwide collection on human rights materials. The main objective of BRCT documentation centre is to organize a human rights library and to provide information on human rights to the human rights activist and promoting awareness among the people of Bangladesh about fundamental rights. The documentation centre is regularly maintaining communication with local and international organizations to collect reports.

The most expanding activities of the organization are BRCT Documentation unit. BRCT by using regular Internet facilities has collected many books, reports, and newsletters from different organization. It has also created scope for the users to enjoy new collections of information. A good number of readers are regularly visiting and collecting materials from the library.

Collecting System

BRCT purchases books, journals and other relevant reading materials from other organization. Besides it receives complimentary copies of books and magazines from national and international organizations like IFEX, UNDP, Amnesty International, OMCT, RCT, IRCT, Asia Foundation, Local American Embassy, and United Nations, Commission on Human Rights etc.

Library arrangement system

Books, reports and various pamphlets are kept preserved in the catalogue cabinet and the reading materials are prepared for each book. Subject-wise classification is maintained.
Authorized number and catalogue cards are kept preserved in the catalogue cabinet and the reading materials are kept arranged in the subject-wise Book Shelves. Index cards for the Magazines, Newsletters, Bulletins and Seminar Reports are also maintained.

Database on Cataloguing

Accession Number

Cal Number

Author

Title

Sub-title

Publisher

Place of Publishing

Name of Publisher

Year of Publication

Number of Page

Number of Vol.

Subject

ISBN

Price of publication

Source

Comment

Following service & facilities are available from BRCT Documentation Centre

  • Reader service
  • hotocopy
  • Current Awareness Service
  • Selective dissemination Information Service
  • News clipping
  • Internet, E-mail

    Working process of BRCT Documentation Centre

    Name of Work

    Function

    Acquisition & Processing

    Accession, Cataloguing, Classification, Indexing

    Lending Work

    Reader Service, Reference Service, Current Awareness Service, Selective dissemination Information Service, 

    Corresponding

    Letter Issue (Local & International Organization/ Publisher), Telephone, E-mail

    Newspaper Article

    Collect Daily Newspaper Article according to Reader’s Demand.

    Audio- visual Materials

    Collecting and visualizing Human Rights related audio-visual Materials

    Seminar Reports

    Collect Reports of BRCT Seminar & other Seminar where the BRCT Officials Participate

    The Readers

    This library can be used by the Researchers those who are involved in Human Rights activities, Journalist, Human Rights Worker, College/University Teachers & Students etc. BRCT staffs also use the library. A good number of readers regularly visit and collect materials form the library. BRCT is also providing photocopy & Internet service for the users on request.

    Out Come of Previous Years

    Collected a good number of readers/user. Established itself a documentation center with rich and rare collection. BRCT documentation center received a good number of publications as donation from many national and international organizations. Internet facilities for documentation unit. Up-dated constitutions of Thirty-seven countries. Developed a computerized cataloguing system. Overhead slides, videotapes on torture related issues, CD on torture. A number of readers and foreign visitors expressed their important remarks.