The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal & inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice & peace in the world.” The promotion of human rights is directly tied to sustainable peace (OHCHR). This Thematic Action Area is a collection of discussions, resources, events, & more that provide knowledge & coordination opportunities around human rights work in conflict-affected settings.
Frequently Asked Questions
The United Nations defines Human rights as the “rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.”
According to the U.S. Institute of Peace, “Human rights abuses can spur violent conflict, or vice-versa. Effective protection of human rights underpins the legitimate governance and rule of law that establish the conditions for a state to resolve conflicts and grievances without violence.”
To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to human rights in conflict settings, please explore & contribute to our Discussion Forums.
For a collection of resources on human rights & conflict, please visit our Resource Library.
For a list of human rights organizations working in conflict contexts, please see our Collaboration Map.