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

Students at Peace Bell for International Peace Day
By Lawrence Wittner | September 19, 2017 - 8:26pm EDT
Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world’s people? It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years.  Trumpeting their alleged national superiority and hatred of foreigners, political parties on the far right have made their biggest political advances since the 1930s.  After the far right’s startling success, in June 2016, in getting a majority of British voters to endorse Brexit― [...] Read More
World's Largest Lesson
By Charles Marsh | August 29, 2017 - 6:00am EDT
In 2015, the world community decided upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals, themselves containing 169 separate targets. These goals range from elimination of poverty to tackling climate change, but they all share a common intention; by the time they are completed, ideally in 2030, the world will be fairer, cleaner, and more sustainable than ever before. To try and raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, the [...] Read More
Keep the internet open
By | August 03, 2017 - 2:21pm EDT
In 2012, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations determined that a connection to the internet is a human right. Among other things, the resolution encourages nations without widespread internet coverage to improve access for all citizens. The resolution also condemns any attempt to impede free speech online. The resolution was updated and unanimously adopted again in 2014 and then again in 2016, demonstrating that [...] Read More