The Advocates for Human Rights implements international human rights standards to promote civil society and to reinforce the rule of law. By involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, we build broad constituencies in the United States and in communities around the world.

What Are "Human Rights"?
Human rights are standards that allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace. Human rights are essential to the full development of individuals and communities.

Every person has these rights simply because they are human beings. They are guaranteed to everyone without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.

Human rights are also part of international law, contained in treaties and declarations that spell out specific rights countries are required to uphold. Countries often incorporate human rights in national, state, and local laws.

Many people view human rights as a set of moral principles that apply to everyone.

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.