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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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

Courtesy of The Telegraph (UK)
January 30, 2015 - 10:00am EST
China’s international mantra is that human rights start with a socio-economically stable foundation--before democratization. In other words, people need to eat breakfast before they cast ballots. China is also an advocate of sovereignty and emphasizes not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs. This comes from interference by Western powers in the past, particularly Great Britain during the opium wars, who told [...] Read More
Women at a Nigerian traditional coronation ceremony. (Source: Linda Adiele/Wikimedia Commons)
January 26, 2015 - 10:00am EST
We all remember #BringBackOurGirls, a movement built around protesting the kidnapping of over 200 girls from Chibok Government Secondary School in Borno State, Nigeria. Boko Haram has continued to abduct women and children in the eight months since that mass kidnapping. A December raid just north of Chibok included a kidnapping of at least 185 women and children. In a recent kidnapping that crossed over into neighboring [...] Read More
The Eiffel Tower at Night. The Eiffel Tower went dark for five minutes on Thursday, January 8, to mourn the dead from the terrorist attacks of the previous day.
January 19, 2015 - 10:00am EST
Following the despicable terrorist attacks on the staff of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7th, a public discussion on the importance of free speech in global society has ensued. While discussion has ranged from the importance of free speech in general and satire in particular to the need to temper speech with respect, these discussions are themselves emblematic of a kind of triumph over narrow- [...] Read More