The Human Rights Center

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights. The Human Rights Center was founded on December 10, 1988, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works at the nexus of scholarship and practice in the human rights field, seeking to maximize the effectiveness of human rights advocates.

The Human Rights Center hosts the online Human Rights Library.  The 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 – ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchJapaneseKoreanRussian,Spanish, and Swedish.

This blog will be a forum for disseminating the Human Rights Center’s upcoming events.  We encourage your participation in these events and welcome positive feedback.

For more information about our upcoming events, email us at or visit our google calendar.

Interested in learning more about the Human Rights Center and the Humphrey Fellowship Program? Visit us at minnesotahumphrey or like us on Facebook.


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