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According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. And yet around the world, many people are denied basic human rights, or find their rights under threat. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Human Rights” feature reporting that covers the fight for equality under the law, civil rights and the basic dignity afforded every person. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on human rights.

 

His Sister Missing, a Man Waits in Anguish

Zulma Corhuari, 16, stepped out for a moment to get an aspirin for her headache. Her family never saw her again. Her brother Victor is desperate and suspects the worst. "There's no justice," he said.

Saving Souls and Resisting Temptation

Ivan Ramirez runs an orphanage near Cochabamba. He started with one child—"a delinquent in miniature," Ramirez called him. More children arrived and the orphanage grew. "It was God's plan," he said.

Memory Keepers

After historic protests in 2016, has the reality of women's rights in Poland improved?

Outlawed in Pakistan

“Outlawed in Pakistan” tells the story of Kainat Soomro as she takes her rape case to Pakistan’s deeply flawed court system in hopes of finding justice.

Nepal: Married Before They’re Ready

In Nepal, child marriage affects every aspect of a girl’s life, from her education prospects to her physical and mental health to her chances for escaping poverty.

Ivory Coast: Elections Turn to War

Instead of a return to peace and prosperity, Ivory Coast’s long-delayed presidential elections marked a return to brutal conflict—and with it, a severe humanitarian crisis.

Justice at Guantánamo

The tribunal of Noor Uthman Muhammed, the first terrorism suspect to be tried at Guantánamo Bay.

Nepal: Rebuilding Lives after Trafficking

After being sold in the brothels of India for as little as $300, many Nepali girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking are now finding ways to empower themselves in their home country.

The Price of White Eggs

The price of a human egg depends on the characteristics of the donor. Eggs harvested from white college students can sell for as much as $100,000. But there’s a cheaper way to get them.

Cuba: The Battle for Hearts and Minds

The U.S. government spends millions of dollars every year to boost Cuba's beleaguered pro-democracy movement. Is the money having any impact?

Malaysia: Refugees from Burma at Risk

Refugees fleeing Burma's authoritarian government frequently end up in Malaysia. The promised haven is often anything but, with refugees prey to human traffickers, physical abuse and rape. This project tells their story.

Child Sacrifice in Uganda

Searing images capture a disturbing Ugandan trend -- the recent rise of charlatan priests and the child abuse and sometimes murder that have resulted. (This project contains graphic images that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

The Chinese Invade Africa

A million Chinese migrants, and billions of dollars in trade and investment, are reshaping Africa. Ian Johnson reviews Howard French's new book and the Pulitzer Center e-book by Jacob Kushner.

Gaps in the Global Fight Against AIDS

We can now envision a post-AIDS world, but marginalized communities are still being left behind. In the global fight against AIDS, business as usual will not end the epidemic.

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