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

Women, Peace and Security Act of 2015 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.
Can we make the world a safer place for children?
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

President Sirisena at the Sri Lankan High Commission's Interfaith Ceremony, March 2015 (Courtesy of Daily FT and dbsjeyaraj.com)
By Hiram Helfman | July 03, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
It has been nearly half a year since Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to office, and he and his administration have been seeking the path of reconciliation ever since. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a slow process that will take generations to achieve. The beginning is going to be frustrating for everyone involved, especially for those who suffered the most. I reported in February that Sirisena [...] Read More
Syrian refugees walk to a metro station in Istanbul to begin a day of begging.
By Rene Wadlow | June 15, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Current refugee-migrant flows (from Burma and Bangladesh toward Thailand and Malaysia, and across the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East toward Europe) have highlighted the need to address the root causes of such migration and refugee flows. We need to move beyond the narrow definition of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, which claims a refugee is someone who,   owing to a well-founded fear of [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | June 12, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
12 June is a red-letter day on the UN agenda of events as the World Day Against Child Labor. It marks the June arrival in 1998 of hundreds of children in Geneva, part of the Global March against Child Labour that had crossed 100 countries to present their plight to the International Labour Organization (ILO). “We are hurting, and you can help us,” was their message to the assembled International Labour Conference, which [...] Read More