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

Rohingya Refugees in Indonesia. Courtesy of NPR (Reuters/Landov)
By Hiram Helfman | May 29, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Democracy is a process of becoming, of trying to create the more perfect union, and this is definitely true for Burma (also known as Myanmar). Right now, Burma has weak, rudimentary democratic institutions that are seeking to gain strength. Burma’s military only allowed transition to democratic rule starting in 2010. The nation continues to suffer the scars of the Colonial Era from when it was owned by the British Indian [...] Read More
CGS blogger Jaira Burke at McDonald's protest in Chicago
By Jaira Burke | May 27, 2015 - 4:00pm EDT
On May 21, 2015, the urban streets of Chicago were engulfed in the cries of thousands, as workers, community supporters, and other stakeholders stood in solidarity at the headquarters of McDonald’s.  Tears filled my eyes as I heard the overwhelming accounts of hundreds of workers, oppressed by income inequality, struggling for survival. A young African American McDonald’s worker shared her emotionally driven story of [...] Read More
Migrants being rescued by the Italian navy. ‘22% of all people entering Italy by boat in 2014 were from Eritrea. After Syrians, they are the second most common nationality to undertake these journeys.’ Photograph: AP
By Kevin Burke | May 13, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
As many as one million desperate refugees and migrants will brave the Mediterranean Sea to flee conflict, oppression, and instability in Africa and the Middle East this year in hopes of reaching the relative safety of Europe. Desperation leads these migrants to human traffickers and onto rickety, unseaworthy boats ill-suited for the trip. Around 900 passengers died in one tragic incident last month; an estimated 1,800 [...] Read More