Books – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Challenging U.S. Human Rights Violations Since 9/11
Identifies relevant facts on thirty types of human-rights violations: executive orders and new laws that violate basic rights; extensively quotes the US Constitution, the UN Charter, and international treaties the USA has ratified or signed. Describes some successful efforts to combat the government’s suppression of our basic liberties.

  • Author: Ann Fagan Ginger
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Grade Level: adult


Every Human Has Rights: What You Need to Know about Your Human Rights
Beautiful photographs and stories illustrate each article of the UDHR.

  • Source: National Geographic, 2008
  • Grade Level: pre-K – middle school
  • Subject Area: social studies


The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen
Explores the dramatic transformation of a world patterned by centuries of traditional structures of authority, gender abuse, racial prejudice, class divisions and slavery, colonial empires, and claims of national sovereignty into a global community that now boldly proclaims that the way governments treat their own people is a matter of international concern–and sets the goal of human rights “for all peoples and all nations.” Excellent account of the development of the UDHR from concept to reality.

  • Author: Paul Lauren
  • Source: Univ. Pennsylvania Press, 2003
  • Grade Level: Adult


Freedom Stories: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
An array of internationally acclaimed writers have chosen one of the thirty rights as the inspiration for a short story. A mix of thoughtful, serious, funny, and thrilling stories that harness the power of literature to celebrate—and affirm—our shared humanity. Contributors include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Kate Allen, and more

  • Author: Amnesty International
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, 2011
  • Grade Level: high school – adult


The Umbrella of U.S. Power: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Contradiction of U.S. Policy
Chomsky observes the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a “Path to a Better World,” while chronicling how far off the trail the United States is with respect to actual political practice and conduct. Analyzing the contradictions of U.S. power while illustrating the real progress won by sustained popular struggle, Chomsky cuts through official political rhetoric to examine how the United States not only violates the UDHR, but at times uses it as a weapon to wield against designated enemies.

  • Author: Noam Chomsky, Greg Ruggiero
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press, 2002
  • Grade Level: adults


We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
Beautifully illustrates each article of the UDHR

  • Source: Amnesty International, 2008
  • Grade Level: pre-K – elementary
  • Subject Area: social studies