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

Getting negotiations on the #DisabilityTreaty back on track will take more than a phone call.
The Senate needs to ratify the Women's Rights Treaty now!

News and Updates

October 23, 2014 - 10:00am EDT
The Nigerian government has stated that it has finally secured the release of the more than 200 hundred girls abducted from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Days after this news surfaced, all that remains is confusion and doubt as to its validity. On April 14, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram raided the Government Girls' Secondary School in Chibok, kidnapping over 200 hundred pupils ages 16-18. Boko Haram, whose [...] Read More
October 09, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
12.5 million internally displaced civilians, 3 million refugees, 700,000 stateless people. These alarming statistics are not related to ISIL or Syria or the Middle East. No, these statistics, these people, are in Africa. The international community recently was warned of the risks of overlooking the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the African continent in a high level meeting on refugees in Africa. High Commissioner for [...] Read More
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October 08, 2014 - 4:00pm EDT
 There are more slaves in the world now than at any other point in history. Let that sink in for a second. Whether for labor or sexual exploitation, human trafficking (HT) is a constantly growing problem, which requires a coordinated international response. HT is defined by the UN as, The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of [...] Read More