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Human Rights

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.

 

Justice For The Enemy

Iraq’s courts have rushed to convict thousands of ISIS fighters. This is one family’s struggle for fairness, truth, and reconciliation.

Flying Over the Line

As debate rages over U.S.-Mexico border security, drone photography offers a new perspective on what life is like along the border.

Zimbabwe: Enter the Crocodile

How did Robert Mugabe's rule end? With a mysterious poisoning, a clandestine flight across the border, a standoff at the airport, and a furious shootout in a Harare suburb. Here's the whole story.

Turkey Under Protest

When protests flooded Turkey, they revealed deep problems. Police brutality, authoritarianism, and a fractured opposition moved from the margin to the spotlight. Today, what remains hidden?

Deadly Cycle: Nigeria's Silent Abortion Crisis

In the megalopolis of Lagos, Nigeria, abortion is legally restricted and contraception is hard to come by. What are the consequences for this city's exploding youth population?

Cambodia: Sex Trade and Tourism

From the streets of Phnom Penh to the rice fields of Cambodia, Melisa Goss explores what lies behind the sex trade and what is being done to prevent it, stop it, and restore those caught in its trap.

Rio de Janeiro on World Cup Watch

With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, 170,000 Brazilian favela residents are scheduled to relocate. Losing their homes will mean losing their identity and their past.

Bangladesh: The Real Cost of Fast Fashion

The Rana Plaza tragedy exposed the hidden cost of Bangladesh’s $20 billion-a-year export garment industry. Jason Motlagh returns to investigate the systemic problems that led to the deadly collapse.

Burmese Brides Along the Chinese Border

When a Burmese woman marries a Chinese man, she may give up basic human rights. Yet many Burmese women would rather remain stateless than return to Burma. To stay or leave, it is a story of survival.

Syria’s Displaced: Regional Implications

At least 1.5 million people have fled the conflict in Syria. Most have taken refuge in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, where they are straining resources and raising concerns about regional stability.

Death Stalks Colombia's Unions

As Colombia struggles to free itself from a vortex of violence, union members, human rights activists and others still feel threatened by criminal elements––and their own government.