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The HRC blog highlights and contextualizes inspiring human rights and strategic nonviolent activism. Along with our curated library of tools and resources you can find on our website, we work to foster a community of practice and engagement within the field of human rights struggles by:

  • highlighting best practices often absent in mainstream outlets
  • amplifying the voices of smaller, underexposed grassroots organizations and nonviolent movements, and
  • creating a space for dialogue and exchange about civic engagement and activism

Lessons learned at #RightsCon2021

Last week, we learned a lot of lessons, from virtually attending RightsCon, the world’s biggest summit in this digital age. This year marks the tenth anniversary of this conference, and featured over 1,000 speakers and more than 500 sessions. This resource roundup contains organizations and tools designed to safely connect and collaborate with human rights…

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A massage parlor protecting violence against sex workers, #FreeBurma civil resistance toolkits, and how to organize a street medic training: nine human rights resources now on our library

We’ve revamped our library with updated human rights resources! We’re featuring civil society organizations offering crisis intervention support for sex workers, civil resistance toolkits to strengthen the #FreeBurma movement, and capacity building trainings for human rights defenders (HRD’s). Following the hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) community, we’re starting with three API…

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The Universal Periodic Review: what is it and why it matters

This month, fourteen  countries are being reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process. Our aim with this post is to provide you with opportunities to get involved by helping you understand the UPR process, and then providing you with resources through which you could…

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Essential additions: An updated list of resources for human rights defenders in Ethiopia

In past months, Ethiopia has experienced mass protests resulting from ethnic tensions, mass arrests, and a government-mandated internet shutdown.  Following the surge in searches on our website relating to Ethiopia, we’ve revamped our library with updated resources. Below is a collection of human rights organizations working in Ethiopia, legal resources on strategic litigation for human…

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This online tool examines civic freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic

During these grave and unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, new digital tools are revealing harrowing data on privacy violations and government emergency powers. This #FeaturedResourceFriday we share how an online tracking platform monitors restrictions to civic freedoms and how this tool can improve government accountability and protect civil society.   Measuring the need and…

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Some U.S. Embassies Are Celebrating LGBTQ Pride, Defying the Government’s Wishes

Fighting for Pride: how LGBTQ+ defenders can effectively engage with foreign embassies

This LGBTQ+ themed #FeaturedResourceFriday highlights several honorary resources to tribute Pride which was last month. Intended for LGBTQ+ defenders, this activist toolkit provides a closer look at how U.S. embassies operate and how defenders can strategically approach, request, and access different types of diplomatic support. A sneak peak directly from the resource: “The first step…

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