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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.

 

Death on Demand: Has Euthanasia Gone Too Far?

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences.

AP Investigation: Food Aid Stolen As Yemen Starves

Documents reviewed by The Associated Press and interviews with al-Hakimi and other officials and aid workers show that thousands of families in Taiz are not getting international food aid intended for them.

The Lasting Legacy of the Bhopal Gas Leak

More than 30 years after the world's worst industrial accident, the people of Bhopal are still dealing with its long-term and health and environmental fallout. Whose responsibility is it to help them?

A Woman's Crime and Punishment

When unmarried sex is outlawed, pregnancy out of wedlock is proof of a crime. Women are jailed—along with their babies.

Canada's Missing and Murdered Women

Over the past three decades, thousands of Canadian Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing. The government has begun investigating why indigenous women are so vulnerable to violence.

The Black Death of Kabwe

Years of unmitigated contamination from Zambia's largest lead mine have created a toxic nightmare for the residents of Kabwe, the country's second largest city.

India: Migrating Into Slavery

Each winter hundreds of thousands of Indians migrate north to man the world's second largest brick industry. They're promised opportunity, but many are bonded into debt.

Duterte and the Philippines

A new president is elected in the Philippines on a promise that he will crack down on drugs, dealers and users. Thousands of poor people have already been killed.

A Look Inside South Sudan's Bitter War

Mass killings, mass rape, ethnic cleansing, starvation and a lack of international will to act against the specter of genocide: A rare look inside the crisis in South Sudan.

Refugee Boom and Bust: A Global Gold Rush

From smugglers in Agadez, to factory owners in Turkey, to the Italian and Nigerian mafias in Italy, and small business owners in Greece, people making a killing off the global migrant crisis.

Latin America's Schindler

Roberto Kozak is virtually unknown. And yet this quiet man played a crucial role after the 1973 coup in Chile and he helped tens of thousands of prisoners out of custody and to find safe havens overseas.

Corporate Armies

A massive army has been built up around the world, not to fight traditional wars, but to protect corporate assets around the world.

Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia

Female genital mutilation affects 200 million girls and women worldwide. But in Ethiopia, Bogaletch Gebre's nonprofit has reduced FGM in one region from 97 percent to 3 percent by working within communities.

The Italian Roma

This investigation into the lifestyles, struggles and cultures of the Roma people living in Rome examines how the Italian government—and citizens—treat the Roma population.

Understanding the Zika Virus

Students are asked to discuss the articles about Zika virus and answer comprehension questions. Students can also engage in extension activities conducting a deeper analysis of Zika media coverage.

News Bite 5: Ebola's Legacy

In this lesson, students will learn about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the people who worked to slow the epidemic, and the aftermath the disease has wrought upon the region.

News Bite 1: Syria's Future

In this lesson, students will read and respond to a photograph and article excerpt by Lauren Gelfond Feldinger, published in the BBC Magazine, about Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

Syria's Children

This lesson introduces students to the Pulitzer Center e-book "Flight From Syria: Refugee Stories." Students examine and discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and its effect on children.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.

Improving Students’ Blogging Skills

After a series of chats with Pulitzer Center journalists, students reflect on the experience in a creative yet relevant form of writing by producing a blog post.

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