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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News and Updates

Mauritania child maids ignite social debate
November 21, 2014 - 11:00am EST
I’ll preface this blog by saying that I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the Global Slavery Index 2014 was released recently and reports that there are close to 36 million modern day slaves in the world, roughly 0.5% of the world’s total population. Startlingly, these numbers are a significant increase to previous estimates, due to what the report calls “improved accuracy and precision of measures,” and [...] Read More
November 19, 2014 - 11:00am EST
One of the most widely ratified human rights treaties is that which protects the world’s youngest citizens: the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention provides many international protections for children that are already covered under national legislation today. These protections range from life, name, and nationality to expression of opinion, freedom of thought, privacy, identity, and many additional [...] Read More
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm EST
This Letter to the Editor was published in The Washington Post on November 14, 2014. In his Nov. 9 op-ed, “What the World Bank won’t utter,” Philip Alston made the case for the World Bank to support human rights, but he ignored the role that protecting human rights (and addressing global poverty) plays in ensuring the security of all nations. Too many nations, including the United States, resist enforcing human rights [...] Read More