Human Rights

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Human Rights?

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.”

What Is The Relationship Between Human Rights & Conflict?

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.”

Where Can I Have Conversations with Others About Human Rights in Conflict-Affected Contexts?

To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to human rights in conflict settings, please explore & contribute to our Discussion Forums.

Are There Any Examples of How Human Rights Work Intersects with Conflict Contexts?

For a collection of resources on human rights & conflict, please visit our Resource Library.

How Can I Find Out Who Is Working on Human Rights in Conflict Settings?

For a list of human rights organizations working in conflict contexts, please see our Collaboration Map.