The basic principles of human rights are ancient, but it’s only in the last 50 years or so that human rights organizations have begun to pop up.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, includes education, health care, food and many other areas of focus for the international development community. It’s no wonder, then, that aid groups are increasingly framing their work in the context of human rights, whether they advocate for sex workers’ rights or help boost primary school attendance. Highlighting human rights can broaden the scope and appeal of global activism and advocacy campaigns – and it may help secure funding at a time it is increasingly difficult to come by.
Here are some of the largest and most influential international organizations and networks focused on the promotion of human rights.
Human rights groups