This website is a great place for students to learn about the inner workings of the international human rights movement — while you are exploring human rights topics that interest you. As explained on the homepage, the website is divided into several different sections (Recognizing New Problems, Accountability, etc), and in each section there are several pages devoted to individual topics (such as torture, women’s rights, and the use of forensics in human rights investigations.) The content on these topics pages provide important historical context – the back story about how human rights policy developed in these areas of interest. We encourage you to spend time examining the substantive content of the site. To make it easier for you to venture further, we also have identified key scholarship, documents and advocacy resources that will direct you to the core conceptual debates in the field of human rights. These resources will help you better understand human rights concepts and how they are being worked on in various ways by human rights advocacy groups.
We invite you to explore the human rights ideas and concepts that you are most passionate about and also encourage you to use this website as a resource for when you are engaged human rights research for class, to read actual human rights instruments, or to get ideas about possible advocacy events or film screenings that you might want to make available on your college campus. For more information on how to begin your own human rights research on the subjects you care about, be sure to visit our general resources page in The Future section of the website.