Why a Human Rights Framework for the United States?

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.

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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.

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View an interview with Civil Rights Movement veteran:

Dr. Vincent G. Harding