News & Updates

Happy Human Rights Day

Today, Monday, December 10th marks the 70th ANNIVERSARY of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document in the global history of human rights that is as relevant today as it was when drafted seven decades ago.  

Although the UDHR is not in itself legally binding, it has become the procreator of modern international human rights law, providing safeguards – and sometimes lifelines – for thousands of people from all walks of life when national laws fail them. It has parented 16UN human rights treaties that are legally binding, including the twin UN Covenants spanning economic, social and cultural and civil and political rights respectively, plus a host of regional treaties in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

We now take for granted that such human rights standards can be used to hold our governments to account, but just 70 years ago there were no internationally recognized human rights norms at all. The very fact that the UDHR has stood the test of time is a testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice, and human dignity.

The promise of the UDHR, however, has yet to be fulfilled because, as all advocates know, human rights are not a given but rather require a continuous struggle to get and once that has been achieved to keep. In other words, it is down to us to promote its ethical vision as new forms of nationalism and populism threaten to challenge our world.  

At HRE USA we believe human rights education is key to ensuring a future in which all people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Please consider supporting HRE-USA by making a tax-deductible contribution on our behalf to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3organization. Your donation will allow us to continue to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States.

In honor of the 70th Anniversary and to help everyone celebrate the gift of the UDHR, HRE USA has created this online resource kit. You can also join the international campaign to #Standup4humanrights. 



Workshop on Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, Engagement Strategies


When: Saturday, February 9th from 10am-4:30pm and Saturday, February 16th from Time: 10am-1:30pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027
Cost: $400 (reduced rates available for those with significant financial need)

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.

Participants will explore the elements of an effective advocacy strategy, including issue analysis, the development of goals and objectives, and the identification of appropriate targets and tactics; learn how to tailor messages to specific audiences; discuss effective partnerships and how to build coalitions; prepare and receive input on a draft advocacy plan; prepare and participate in role plays to simulate advocacy meetings with policy-makers; discuss relevant case studies of successful campaigns.

Each participant will be encouraged to develop an advocacy plan and role play on an issue of their choosing that is relevant to their work and/or interests.

A certificate of participation will be granted to all those who complete both days of training. Individuals who complete three workshops offered as part of the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of completion.

Workshop facilitator: Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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FREE Webinar with Shelley Inglis on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton.

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 1 -2 pm EDT.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
To RSVP  to join, email
Presenter: Shelley Inglis

Title: Experiential Learning in Human Rights Education

Webinar Description:
The webinar will explore the role of experiential learning in human rights higher education. Principles of experiential learning and specific examples of its application in the context of human rights internationally and nationally from the University of Dayton will be outlined. After a presentation of this emerging methodology and insights from these experiences, the discussion will focus on exchanging approaches, methods and lessons learned from other Universities and contexts.

Shelley Inglis is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and Research Professor of Human Rights and Law at the University of Dayton. She comes from the United Nations Development Programme where she held various management positions working on peacebuilding, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda at headquarters in New York and regionally based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education

AFSA National High School Essay Contest

AFSA’s annual contest has challenged high school students from around the nation to explore and research some of the most difficult questions related to the Foreign Service and American diplomacy. This year, the contest asks pointedly “why diplomacy and peacebuilding matter.” The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the U.S. military. In countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict, peacebuilding tools are important additions to the national security toolkit.

Deadline: March 15, 2019

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The Power of Human Rights Education Website

The Power of Human Rights Education is open web resource on human rights education recently launched on 18 September 2018 at a side event to the HRC session, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR and to contribute to the goals of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The website promotes human rights education through a visual exhibition and a series of films (Path to Dignity), as well as inspirations to take action. The site was developed by HRE 2020, Soka Gakkai International, NGO Working Group on HRE and Learning, and the Platform of member states for Human Rights Education and Training, with thanks to the OHCHR. 

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International Journal of Human Rights Education

The International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal that was launched in 2017 with its inaugural issue. 

Volume 2 of the journal is now available.  

Hosted by the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Resource Center, the IJHRE provides the global movement for human rights education with a dynamic and democratic platform for debates, ideas, and lessons from engaged scholarship and practice. The IJHRE is an independent journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, research, and practice central to the field of human rights education. The aim of this journal is to serve as a central location for critical thought in the field and to energize new efforts in research and praxis.

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Humane Education Summit


When: February 5-7, 2019
Where: Virtual 
Cost: FREE

Three days. 27 events. 46 speakers and panelists.

This FEE-FREE virtual speaker series organized by the Humane Education Coalition will bring together education professionals in human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics to learn, share, and network

The summit will feature unique speaker sessions and facilitated discussions from more than 45 humane education experts.  Participants will learn new strategies and tools for introducing, incorporating, and enhancing educational programs, and they’ll discover opportunities for building cross-cultural connections and solving challenges.​

The Humane Education Coalition is currently seeking event sponsors. To be part of this special event to support educators around the world, click here

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Fundraising For Human Rights Workshop


Tuesday, January 15th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, January 22th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, January 29th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Interchurch Center – 475 Riverside Drive, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Cost: $395 Early bird rate of $345 for those who register by December 14th!

This three-day workshop teaches the practical skills of fundraising, including a comprehensive overview of charitable giving; various types of fundraising appeals; the elements of a grant proposal; and prospect research resources. Participants will learn to select appropriate fundraising approaches for their work, how to craft a compelling case for financial support, how to write an effective grant proposal and how to research and identify prospective donors. Participants will also receive feedback on a fundraising case statement, a proposal and budget outline, and draft donor list.

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