The United Nations defines human rights as follows:
“Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.”
In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. It outlines the basic human rights afforded to all individuals.
Below are some of the Boniuk Library’s resources on human rights. These are general resources. For further information, you may consider researching specific human rights violations, such as war crimes, genocides, or hate crimes.
Human rights -- History
Universal Declaration of Human Rights