Why a Human Rights Framework
Building Human Rights is a compelling master frame
for movements supporting
social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights
Democracy thrives where human rights are defended
and justice is honored as a collective goal of society
Any definition of "Human Rights" must be grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes the inherent dignity of all members of the human family. Human Rights are those rights that are universal and inalienable; and which provide the foundations for freedom, justice, and peace in the world.
Human rights include specific social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights for people of all ages; races; ethnicities; religious, spiritual, or ethical beliefs; gender; sexual orientation; or ability. A progressive human rights perspective sees liberty, freedom, laws, and rights as an essential framework, but envisions justice as the goal.
Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago
From Human Rights Program Executive Director Susan Gzesh:
some personal reflections on Human Rights Day 2013
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2013
Today is Human Rights Day, the 65th Anniversary of the United Nations’ approval of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights – and the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, one of the great human rights statesmen of his era. Mandela and the African National Congress waged one of the largest-scale successful fights for human rights of the 20th Century. For my generation of American activists committed to anti-racism and justice, Mandela and the African National Congress provided us inspiration. Mandela’s ideals will serve as a model for advocates for human rights and human dignity for generations to come.
I have a few personal reflections about what my generation and yours might learn from Mandela’s example [Read More Here]
Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern School of Law
The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) is at the center of the School of Law’s human rights efforts and works closely with scholars, institutions and advocates nationally and internationally to address issues of human rights and economic development. Reflecting our faculty’s interests, PHRGE is particularly engaged with the international movement to promote economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.
View an interview with Civil Rights Movement veteran:
Dr. Vincent G. Harding