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

World Trade Center tribute in lights
September 11, 2014 - 11:30am EDT
This piece was originally published on September 11, 2011. It has been reposted to reflect on the tragic events and impacts of 9/11 and on our international strategy going forward. Ten years ago, while driving to work, I watched in horror as smoke and flames billowed from the Pentagon from across the Potomac River. Later, huddled in a basement office, our small staff overcame its fear that this was "the beginning of the [...] Read More
September 03, 2014 - 12:00pm EDT
The Ice Bucket Challenge – a fundraising and awareness campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or "Lou Gehrig's Disease” – has gained widespread popularity in the last month, with everyone from celebrities to fugitives posting videos of their participation. This campaign has not come without its controversies, however, with many all over the world criticizing the challenge. In my home state of California, which [...] Read More
Propaganda portrait of Kim Il-sung
August 26, 2014 - 12:08pm EDT
We all have some idea of how bad things are in North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We’re also aware that outside efforts to remedy the situation haven't really panned out. But turning our backs on the suffering civilians is not an option. So where do we go from here? The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect published a policy brief last week offering some possible answers to this [...] Read More