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Monday, November 18, 2013

Former student Carrie Walling assists in development of new human rights website

HIHRS-logo_600x57.pngIn 2010, the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan organized a conference that examined broad questions surrounding the topic of human rights: how has the content of human rights evolved over time, what role have human rights organizations played in drawing attention to emerging issues, how did the application of human rights norms come to be extended from states to a variety of non-state actors, how can we understand the evolving notions of "accountability," and how have human rights fact-finding and advocacy methods developed and changed?

Following the conference, these themes became the foundation for a website entitled Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards. The website highlights a project focusing on five major facets of human rights education including accountability, research and advocacy, recognizing problems, policy decisions, and the future. Together, the five themes establish the "standard-setting work" of the international human rights movement. This website connects students, researchers, educators, and advocates with UN Policy Resources and organizations dedicated to human rights issues. Overall, the Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards website provides excellent historical context along with scholarly resources to critically examine and engage human rights issues regardless of experience level.