Human Rights Pathfinder

Definition: rights (as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons [Merriam Webster Dictionary]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights []

Books the Bloomfield College Library has about the subject "human rights"

Specialized Search Engines and Gateways

Human Security Gateway - Human security focuses on the protection of individuals, rather than defending the physical and political integrity of states from external military threats - the traditional goal of national security.

The Human Security Gateway is a rapidly expanding searchable online database of human security-related resources including reports, journal articles, news items and fact sheets. It is designed to make human security-related research more accessible to the policy and research communities, the media, educators and the interested public.

HuriSearch - The Human Rights search engine - search over 5000 human rights web sites!

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library - The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library houses one of the largest collections of more than sixty thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to more than four thousands links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. This comprehensive research tool is accessed by more than a 250,000 students, scholars, educators, and human rights advocates monthly from over 150 countries around the world. Documents are available in nine languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Amnesty International Library - This website contains news; features; actions; video and audio; information about countries, campaigns and issues. Amnesty International also produces hundreds of reports, press releases, appeals for action and newsletters each year and these are available in the Library.

Human Rights Watch Publications - Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.

United Nations Research Guide - The UN provides an excellent pathfinder research tool to UN work on human rights. It includes links to UN databases and libraries, and provides keyword terms to use in searches for human rights materials. 

Organizations with Special Focus

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre - The website covers the social and environmental impacts of over 5000 companies, operating in over 180 countries. Taking international human rights standards as its starting point, topics covered include discrimination, environment, poverty and development, labour, access to medicines, health and safety, security, trade.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) - CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike.

Global Witness - This site has as its main focus the exploitation of natural resources and how that impacts the lives and human rights of ordinary citizens.

International Labour Organization (ILO) - The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all. This unique arrangement gives the ILO an edge in incorporating 'real world' knowledge about employment and work.

Minority Rights Group International (MRGI) - 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. Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media, MRGI supports minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life.

This page was created on November 29, 2011.
Mark Jackson,
Nov 29, 2011, 1:15 PM