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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.

 

Dividing Lines

The fight against militias that roam CAR's displaced persons camps and now persecute the very people they claim to protect.

Child Soldiers of South Sudan

In South Sudan there are still 19,000 children in armed forces, with boys trained to fight and girls taken as "wives."

Who Takes Care of Nanny's Children?

When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again.

From "the Other Iraq" to Kurdistan

Today Iraq is consumed by sectarian fighting, but in the north the legacy of the US-led war is progress. Iraqi Kurdistan has autonomy, security, and oil. But what is Kurdistan beyond "the other Iraq"?

Promises, Promises: One Year After Rana Plaza

One year after the collapse of Rana Plaza many workers in Bangladesh still depend on garment-making—despite the low wages and high safety risk that come with the job.

The Gangs of Karachi

Karachi is the world’s most violent city, with about 2,000 murders in 2013 as a result of its virulent gang politics. The city’s gangsters are openly linked to Pakistan’s national parties.

Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege

Edging to the brink of civil war, Crimea has turned into a geopolitical crisis, perhaps the gravest threat to peace in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Kuchus in Uganda

As Uganda struggles with anti-homosexuality legislation, the growing LGBT-rights movement continues its fight against discrimination and criminalization.

Rwanda: We Are the Past

Today in Rwanda, the 1994 genocide is part of the past, but the country's thousands of maimed amputees are living reminders of the brutal horror.

Official Homophobia in Russia

With homophobic rhetoric now legitimized by federal law, being gay in Russia can be extremely dangerous.

A World of Widows

When grief is compounded by cruelty: Societies of widows, battling the stigma of exclusion and the lingering damage of war.

Honduras: "Aqui Vivimos"

"Honduras: Aqui Vivimos" ("Honduras: We Live Here") explores the social conditions—abject poverty, corruption, political disillusionment, and gang culture—that have made Honduras a violent country.

Does Congo Really Need Us?

Some of the biggest criticisms of international aid are coming from self-reflective aid workers who question their role and the role of their employers in developing nations.

Telling the Anna Hazare Story

Anti-corruption leader Anna Hazare burst on the scene in early 2011, a mystery to most Indians and much of the world. He is no mystery in the village where he has put Gandhian principles to the test.

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