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What Are Human Rights?

UICHR’s founder Burns Weston penned the entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica

…rights that belong to an individual or group of individuals simply for being human, or as a consequence of inherent human vulnerability, or because they are requisite to the possibility of a just society… claimed for all human beings, present and future.

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UICHR Annual Report for 2013-2014

The UICHR is pleased to launch  its first ever Annual Report, covering 2013-2014.  Please take a moment to read and share!

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Learn Human Rights

UICHR staff and affiliated faculty offer a wide range of human rights courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels across many disciplines.  Recent offerings include Introduction to Human Rights, Human Rights in the World Community, and Philosophy of Human Rights.  Undergraduate students of any major can choose to complete a certificate in human rights.  Click the button to learn more.

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New Edition: Weston-Grear Textbook

COMING SOON from the University of Pennsylvania Press (UPP): the wholly revised fourth edition of Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action (Burns H. Weston & Anna Grear eds.) (not definitive cover image).

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Find Overseas Opportunities

These students traveled to Palestine during their Spring Break to meet with their clients in the West Bank and to learn more about the effects of the occupation.  Click the link above to learn more about how the UICHR helps students find and take advantage of opportunities to engage with human rights outside the classroom.

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