U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders: Protecting and supporting human rights defenders is a key priority of U.S. foreign policy. The Department’s objective is to enable human rights defenders to promote and defend human rights without hindrance or undue restriction and free from fear of retribution against them or their families.
Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban after speaking out for girls' rights to education in Pakistan, declared that pens and books were weapons to defeat terrorism as she officially opened a new £188m civic library in her adopted home city of Birmingham.
"Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A complete manual on Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework". Available in many languages, download HERE
The United Nations’ endorsement of the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights underscores the global expectation that business operates with respect for human rights. BSR helps companies develop and implement strategies that ensure respect for human rights and contribute to business success.
Each Guide offers practical advice on how to implement the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in day-to-day business operations in each industry through step-by-step guidance. At each step, they summarize what the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights expect, offer a range of approaches and examples for how to put them into practice, and link users to additional resources that can support their work.
Investing the Rights Way: A Guide for Investors on Business and Human Rights provides practical insights into how the globally accepted framework of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights can help investors assess and address human rights risks in their portfolios and more effectively benchmark and engage the companies they hold.
The UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights state the following: "As the basis for embedding their responsibility to respect human rights, business enterprises should express their commitment to meet this responsibility through a statement of policy". This page links to 337 statements by companies that explicitly refer to human rights.
List of Policy Statements by company...
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is the only non-profit organization drawing attention to the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 5100 companies, operating in over 180 countries. Their website is relied on by businesspeople, advocates, governments, investors and the UN, and also provides guidance materials and examples of good practice.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute currently, and until the end of 2013, has a fellowship opportunity available regarding human rights education in higher education in relation to its international cooperation programmes in Belarus and Turkey. The aim of the fellowship is to contribute to the implementation of the Institute’s and its cooperation partners’ joint programmes in Belarus and Turkey, and their results, in the areas of human rights education and research. See the full information and program here
Directory of Human Rights Funders - Welcome to IHRFG’s Directory of Human Rights Funders! This tool is designed to enable both grantmakers and grantseekers to search for human rights funders by several key criteria: areas of rights funding, activities supported and geographic focus. See more here
The International Human Rights Funders Group is a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy.
IHRFG’s approach is based on seven core “inquiry questions” through which we guide our work and growth:
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Human Rights Toolkits: Most Americans have heard of human rights abuses occurring in other countries around the world, but many do not realize that human rights are being violated in the U.S. as well. In an effort to increase awareness of human rights in the U.S., The Advocates for Human Rights has created a series of toolkits that examine important human rights issues and that offer tools to help Americans advocate for positive social change. Get the toolkits here
The Advocates for Human Rights offers a variety of publications to help researchers, educators, students, community organizations, and the general public gain a better understanding of human rights. We encourage you to look through our reports and fact sheets to learn more about human rights issues that are important to you. Then download some of our lesson plans or action guides to help spread the word about human rights! See the publications here
US legislates to prevent child marriage worldwide: In a development welcomed by child marriage activists, the United States Congress has passed a bill stating that child marriage breaches fundamental human rights – and requiring the US to integrate the prevention of this harmful practice across its development programmes. View the article here
US Government website devoted to human rights related issues, news, publications, and resources, both domestic and international. See it here
Trinity College provides a listing of other colleges and universities with human rights curriculums. Access the site here
Welcome to the Interactive Declaration. Each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is introduced with a plain language version, an exploration of some key issues, definitions, and suggestions for activities and discussion questions. See it here
The United States Government releases numerous periodic reports on human rights issues. Additional reports can be found here. See more here
THIS DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD to the end that he may have a happy childhood and enjoy for his own good and for the good of society the rights and freedoms herein set forth, and calls upon parents, upon men and women as individuals, and upon voluntary organizations, local authorities and national Governments to recognize these rights and strive for their observance by legislative and other measures progressively taken in accordance with the following principles: View the full declaration here
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