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.

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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

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
If you would talk to your daughter about safety, talk to your son about consent.
August 21, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
 When you dress like that, you are asking to be raped. For every man in jail for rape, there should be a woman in the cell next to his. It wasn’t uncommon to hear my prep school teachers utter sentences like these. Though their statements outraged me, I never took them to be indicative of society as a whole; surely no one outside of my backward little Northern Virginia community would actually blame a victim for her own [...] Read More
August 18, 2014 - 12:00pm EDT
If you have not yet heard of Brandon Stanton and his photo blog, Humans of New York, you should check it out here (and here is the Facebook page). Stanton started HONY in 2010. His goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot the city’s inhabitants on a map; the result is not only photos, but an incredible blog that highlights the human dynamic and diversity of New York. Now the United Nations has taken notice; [...] Read More