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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

‘I am that woman’ East African Women Human Rights Defenders

This post highlights East African Women Human Right Defenders. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) defines women human rights defenders as both female human rights defenders, and any other human rights defenders who work in the defence of women’s rights or on gender issues (A/HRC/16/44). Typical challenges faced by WHRDs…

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Solidarity from the Frontlines to your Fingertips

How to support racial justice before, during and after a protest, and from afar! There are countless ways to support racial justice and stand in solidarity with black communities during a pandemic. Thousands of protestors have joined the frontlines, while others have supported remotely. Regardless of which approach you take, there are strategic ways to…

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Creativity, resilience, and people power: civil resistance success stories and tips for activism during a pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has enhanced barriers to movement organizing, but it’s also proven how resilient civil resistance is. Despite fragile public health infrastructures and confinement measures, movements and organizers have skillfully redesigned their approaches to strengthen their campaigns and build people power. These methodical shifts are strategic and necessary for a movement’s survival. Not only…

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10 Indigenous-Led Human Rights Organizations To Know

On Monday, October 14, 2019, indigenous communities joined to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. Native activists and non-native allies work nationwide to reframe the narrative from colonialism to indigenous cultural heritage and resistance. To further the movement, here is a resource round-up of ten indigenous-led human rights organizations you should know about. …

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Here are 198 methods of nonviolent action

Updated on October 2, 2020 Last year, we shared a featured resource in honor of International Day of Non-Violence. This year, we’ve supplemented this post with a few more dynamic resources. From a comprehensive training manual to an uplifting list of nonviolent victories, consider these ready-to-use resistance tools. Despite physical distancing measures, nonviolent resistance can…

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Grassroots in exile: Tibetan Activist Sonam Anja-Tsang

There have been 155 confirmed instances of self-immolation of Tibetans within Tibet and China since 2009.  Since China’s occupation in 1950, the government has violently silenced Tibetans’ cultural and religious expression.  Self-immolations are extreme acts of protest against the government’s systematic suppression. Detailed info about each act of self-immolation can be found in this fact-sheet…

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Introducing our new look…

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new HRC website! Our new look features a user-friendly and intuitive interface so you could find the best human rights and civil resistance tools, faster and easier. We hope you find our new site dynamic and accessible! Check out some features below Access our library anywhere,…

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