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Human Rights Resources: Human Rights Topics

Human Rights Topics

This section of the guide includes resources on specialized topics on human rights: women, minorities, migrants, childen, and the disabled, as well as resources on and the prevention of torture and genocide.

The Rights of Women

Amnesty International: Women's Rights.  Portal for Women's Rights Issues from AI.

Contemporary Women's Issues.  Access to global information on women in over 190 countries from journals, newsletters, reports, pamphlets,  and guides covering gender-related issues.

GenderWatch.  International journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, special reports, and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues.

Human Rights Watch - Rights of Women. Portal for Women's Rights Issues from HRW.

United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.  The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

UN Women.  United Nations Agency devoted specifically to Women's Issues, including Human Rights.

Women's Human Rights Resources DatabaseLists articles, documents and links  related to international women's rights law and Canadian women's rights law. 

Women's Studies InternationalAcces to women's studies, women's issues, and gender-focused books, book chapters, journal and magazine articles, dissertations, and reports from throughout the world.

The Rights of Minorities

Black Studies Center (BSC). Cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and more.

Ethnic News Watch. Index of over 200 ethnic, minority, and native press publications, including news, culture, and history topics. Searchable in English and Spanish.

Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive. Internet-accessible, fully searchable database of digitized versions of rare and unique library and archival resources on race relations in Mississippi.

Civil Rights Digital Library.   Includes a digital video archive of historical news films of the Civil Rights Movement, a civil rights portal providing a  virtual library by connecting related digital collections, as well as stories, articles, and lesson plans.

Martin Luther King Papers Online  From the The Archive of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Minority Rights Group International. Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard.

Television News of the Civil Rights Era.  "An archive containing film footage from the nightly news from two local television stations in Virginia. Included are clips of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, the governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

United Nations and Minority Rights

Genocide and Torture

Genocide Watch - The coordinating organization for the International Campaign to End Genocide (ICEG), an international coalition of organizations dedicated to educating the general public and policy makers about the causes, processes, and warning signs of genocide.

Encyclopedia of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Genocide Intervention Network. “Established in 2005, Genocide Intervention Network is mobilizing the first permanent anti-genocide constituency committed to stopping the worst atrocities around the world.”

Prevent Genocide InternationalAn education and action network dedicated to stopping genocide.

United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.  Acts as a catalyst to raise awareness of the causes and dynamics of genocide, to alert relevant actors where there is a risk of genocide, and to advocate and mobilize for appropriate action.

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