Human Rights News

Are you a human rights activist or just a concerned citizen who likes to be kept updated on all the latest human rights developments in your country and around the world? Here, you will find our best sources on human rights news. 

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General Information on Human Rights

The signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 was a historic moment for humanity. If you're interested in learning more about human rights, our introductory page is the perfect place to get started.

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Human Rights Organisations

Find information on hundreds of organisations working to defend and promote human rights across the globe. You can find a large list of philanthropic foundations and institutions that provide funding to human rights initiatives. 

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Human Rights by Country

This is one of  Better World Info's most extensive resource directories. In this section, we provide you with over 18,000 resources on key human rights information, issues and organisations by country.

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Children's Rights

We all share the same human rights in general, but children have some specific rights that are adapted, to the fact that a child depends on an adult to receive nurture and guidance during their development. These include the right to health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and protection against abuse.

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Women's Rights

We have over 700 resources on a wide range of women's rights issues, including violence against women, women's right to vote, sexual and reproductive rights, forced marriage and FGM. You can also find a directory of organizations specifically dedicated to advancing women's rights. Download our RSS list Women's Issues, Feminism & Women's Rights News

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Hot Topics

Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 4, 1989

32 years have passed since China's army fired at students with rifles and tanks who were protesting peacefully for democracy in Tiananmen Square. Hundreds to a thousand people are believed to have died. The international community condemned the Chinese government for the massacre.

Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 4, 1989

Israel's War on Gaza 2021

2021 sees some of the worst violence between the Israelis and Palestinians in many years. Tensions rose during Israeli opposition to Palestinian gatherings during Ramadan, and plans for the eviction of dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem. Israeli airstrikes have destroyed 2 apartment towers, and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have called for a new intifada. There has been widespread violence against protesters. In total the death toll is estimated at 130.

Israel's War on Gaza 2021

Pegasus Project

Pegasus software was marketed as a surveillance tool against organised crime and terrorism. However, a group of investigative journalists has revealed the use of this spyware by some governments, to spy on heads of state, journalists and activists. The spyware, created by the Israeli group NSO, allows access to the data, images, conversations, camera, microphone and geolocation of the targeted smartphone.

Pegasus Project

Uyghur in Xinjiang

Since 2017, many allegations have emerged about re-education camps where Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held against their will, China claims these are vocational training centres, aimed at preventing religious extremism and teaching job skills and Mandarin. However, allegations of serious human rights violations continue to surface, including restrictions on religious freedom, mass surveillance, forced labour and forced birth control. The ICC rejected calls to investigate these centres, but the governments of several countries, including the US, the EU, Canada and the UK, have imposed sanctions on China because of this centres. 

Uyghur in Xinjiang

Kill the Bill Protest

The British government is promoting a bill that, among other things, aims to give police more power over protests. Controversy surrounding the bill began when, London's Metropolitan Police aggressively broke up a vigil in honour of Sarah Everard, a woman who was abducted and killed by a Met police officer on her way home, on 3 March. Concern has grown, due to uncertainty over the level of discretion this law would give police over protests, and whether it would limit the human right to demonstrate.

Kill the Bill Protest

Global Refugee Crisis

According to the UNHCR, over 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide. This crisis, that grows by the day, calls for an urgent humanitarian solution.

Global Refugee Crisis

The Killing of George Floyd

Riots and nationwide protests broke out after George Floyd was killed by a police officer last week. Another name on the long list of black people killed by US-cops, most of them unarmed and far from being a threat to the officers. The anger and despair of the black community over decades of institutional racism is now taking to the streets. Black Lives Matter!

The Killing of George Floyd

Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

The Rohingya Muslim minority have been described as the world’s most persecuted people. Since 2017, an estimated 702,000 Rohingyians have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh due to escalated military violence against them.

Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

Reproductive Rights

Many countries are experiencing major setbacks in sexual health rights. The refusal on the legalization of abortion in Argentina, the conservative movement driving inhumane laws in Central America, and Georgia’s new six-week abortion ban are some examples. Keep yourself informed of the situation to be able to defend our rights.

Reproductive Rights

Human Rights Day - December 10

Every December 10, the world commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This years landmark event that forms the basis for the defence of equality, justice and human dignity will be focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to build back better.

Human Rights Day - December 10

International Migrants Day - December 18

“On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all.” - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

International Migrants Day - December 18

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Agitate!

on Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday

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One World 2019

International Human Rights Film Festival 

Suggested Blog

Amnesty International

Blog from the renowned Human Rights organisation 

Hero of the Month

Asma Jahangir

In memory of this extraordinary activist who dedicated her life to working for women’s rights, oppressed minorities and to fight against religious extremism.

Featured Organisation of the Month

The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights connects over 280 NGOs, social movements and advocates across more than 75 countries to build a global movement.

Featured Online Resource of the Month

New Tactics in Human Rights

Their goal is to help activists become more effective through strategic thinking and tactical planning. They offer a platform that enables activists to connect with other HR defenders and learn new ways to reach their goals.