Human Rights

Human Rights is central to the novels we will be reading. But what’s the story behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and how do they actually work? Check out this article written by Frans Viljoen, and learn a bit more this topic. Viljoen is a Professor and the Director at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Ever wondered what’s actually in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? We’ve got you covered! You can check out the document in full over at the webpages of the United Nations by clicking here.

Human rights and the Human Rights Movement have left important marks in our history. But important as they may be, most would argue that we’re still far off delivering on the promises of the UN declaration. In this 2018 op-ed, Samuel Moyne, professor of law and history at Yale University, describes human rights and the Human Rights Movement as being in crisis. You can read the full text here.

What constitutes a refugee? How many are there, and where are they? How are they being treated? And what is being done to help them out and address the issue? The United Nations webpage offers great background, resources, and statistics on the matter. You can check it out here.

You want a comprehensive document that gives you an overview of the situation for Human Rights across the globe? Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2020 is just that, which contains detailed descriptions and status for each country. You can check out the report in full by clicking here.

About Human Rights Watch: 

“Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. We are roughly 450 people of 70-plus nationalities who are country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need.” (cited from