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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.

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Internet Cafe in Beijing (Courtesy of the Guardian (US)/Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA)
By Hiram Helfman | April 17, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Citizens’ voicing dissent through social media as well as the Communist Party’s efforts to quell speech it deems a threat to its rule is nothing new in China. In the late 1970s, at a wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing—which would become known as the Xidan Democracy Wall or simply Democracy Wall—people would voice their grievances and yearnings for change (See Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China). It was used [...] Read More
By Jennifer Welden | April 13, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
A few weeks ago, my professor did something I’m not used to witnessing in liberal Berkeley, California: he made a sexist comment. Discussing Chinese military expansion at length, and feeling the lack of energy in the room, he tried (and failed) to lighten the mood with a joke: “I’m sure the women are bored by this, they’d rather I go back to talking about Hello Kitty.” My jaw dropped only slightly further than yours.  [...] Read More
Courtesy of AP/Archives and Mitteldeutsche Zeitung
By Hiram Helfman | March 27, 2015 - 5:01pm EDT
 In my previous blog, I mentioned examples of interfaith and intercultural dialogue going on in Europe and emphasized the need for expansion of such efforts and the need for the world public to be more informed about them. In this blog, I will focus on intervention for youth considered to be greatly at risk of going to the religious extreme. Bishop Michel Dubost (Head of French Bishops Council for Interfaith Relations), [...] Read More