Human Rights

Human rights are those rights which are held by all human beings equally, whatever our nationality, sex, origin, color, religion, or any other status. We advocate for an end to all forms of violence against men, women and children throughout the world. We track issues around the Human Rights Council, women's rights and gender based violence, civil rights, LGBT rights, human rights treaties, and more.

Latest Campaigns

Whether you're concerned about the environment, human rights, or trade inequalities, the TPP lacks a fair, accountable and transparent way to settle these disputes.
The Women, Peace and Security Act ensures the promotion of women's meaningful inclusion and participation in mediation and negotiation processes in order to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict. The bill supports the National Action Plan, which was created in response to UN Security Council resolution 1325.
It's time for the United States to join the rest of the world and make the world a safer place for children.
The Senate needs to ratify the Women's Rights Treaty now!

News and Updates

Floor of US House of Representatives
By Chuck Woolery | November 30, 2016 - 8:47pm EST
Don’t just vote….Petition for Justice.   “Don’t boo!  Vote!” President Obama retorted after a crowd reacted to promises of the GOP Presidential Nominee leading up to the 2016 election.  Although voting is an important first step for citizens, it is not the only step we can take to have an impact on our politics and our lives.  It matters greatly what we do as citizens between elections.  Educating our elected officials, [...] Read More
Fr Ben and friends at the celebration of his Sustainability Hero award at Xavier University
By Father Ben Urmston | November 13, 2016 - 6:20pm EST
In the Commonweal magazine article “Protect Thy Neighbor” (June 21, 2016) authors Mark J. Allman and Tobias Winright echo the Catholic Catechism when they say: “If and when the day ever comes when war is abolished—and like all Catholics, we pray for the arrival of that day.” Catholics are urged by the Catechism (#2307) not only to pray for the day when war is abolished, but work to end it.  “Because of the evils and [...] Read More
Secretary-General Meets António Guterres before General Assembly Appointment
By Rene Wadlow | October 24, 2016 - 6:35am EDT
UN Day, 24 October, this year is marked by preparations for a changing of the guard. The ten years of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General will give way on one January 2017 to the new Secretary- General, Antonio Guterres, who was during the same ten-year period the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. As with the changing of the guard in front of a palace or national monument, the persons change but the guards have the same [...] Read More