Human Rights

Research, International: Human Rights Research

Excellent starting place for research in human rights, compiled and maintained by the Reference staff of the Pappas Law Library.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) see also Torture Documents Released Under FOIA


Amnesty International

A worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and “disappearances”; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups. Tip: Use the site map to locate reports by country.

In print:

Amnesty International [microform]
a major collection of published and unpublished research material. 1983+.
Mugar Microforms Rm JC571 .A44 (Index)

Amnesty International report. 1975/76+
An annual summary report of worldwide issues and Amnesty International’s response. Available through the website 2007-2011, or in the Reference collection at
Mugar Reference X JC571 .A44a

Foreign in Policy in Focus – Human Rights

A “think tank without walls” that functions as an international network of more than 650 policy analysts and advocates. “Unlike traditional think tanks, FPIF is committed to advancing a citizen-based foreign policy agenda-one that is fundamentally rooted in citizen initiatives and movements.” (from the site)

Human Rights Web Archive

Collected by Columbia University Libraries, this archive represents “an effort to preserve and ensure access to freely available human rights resources created mainly by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, and individuals.”

Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) – Archived Web Resources

From the University of Texas Libraries.”Websites, reports, audio, video, photographs on human rights struggles that are produced by individuals or small organizations who lack resources and opportunities for widespread distribution of their work”.

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Includes access to the Aadel Collection, “a growing depository of documents recovered by the IHRDC that relate to human rights issues in Iran.”

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. This website provides breaking news and current project information of the organization including the campaign to ratify the International Criminal Court. Many publications by this organization are listed in BULSearch under “Human Rights Watch”. see also Human Rights Watch World Reports 1989+ (including currentyear.)

Project Diana: an online human rights archive

From Yale. Full text of selected human rights cases and key documents (primary source material).

Treaty Bodies Database (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

While State reports and concluding observations constitute the core of the database, you will also find other full-text documents (Documents)and factual data (Reporting Status, Status of Ratification) concerning reporting process and ratification of the treaties, as well as information relating to the Committees. Well organized, can be sorted by country.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

The Library contains a large collection of international human rights treaties, instruments, general comments, recommendations, decisions, and views of treaty bodies.

see also Think Tanks, NGOs and IGOs