Project Human Rights Education (the Project) is a non-profit organization that offers Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) a simple, direct means of educating about human rights using NGOs' existing capabilities.
NGOs that join the Project need not be human rights organizations; most are not. The work of most NGOs falls within one or more of the five basic categories of human rights: economic, social, cultural, civil and political. This fundamental fact makes possible the spread of human rights to all countries and all cultures in every part of the world. When people anywhere learn that they have rights and that rights can be claimed, they are empowering themselves to make claims for the promotion and protection of their human rights.
Project Human Rights Education is positioned in the field of Human Rights Education in order to help NGOs disseminate information about human rights. The NGOs collaborating with the Project are in many different fields, and have very different mandates. What is true of NGOs everywhere is that they communicate with their constituencies and with the public through their literature and their websites. That communication is the foundation of this Project. When an NGO joins the Project, it continues to communicate with its audience as it usually does. In addition, its literature now also includes a quotation in one or two lines from a human rights document that is descriptive of the NGO's goals. By doing that, the participating NGO is now informing its membership of one of many human rights in a simple, direct way.
For example, some women's organizations would choose to adopt the following human rights quotation:
States Parties condemn discrimination against women in all its forms [and] agree to pursue...a policy of eliminating discrimination against women...
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Article 2, in force 1981.
Or, for another example, organizations working to promote the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples around the globe might adopt:
The Purposes of the United Nations are:...To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples...
Article 1(2), United Nations Charter, in force 1945.
There are many human rights treaties from which to choose a short quotation that suits each organization's mandate. The Project assists organizations to choose a relevant quotation. Human rights treaties are available on the Internet at the United Nations Treaty Collection. For more information, please see the resources section.
The Human Rights Quotations
All of the human rights quotations come from official human rights documents. The documents are part of International Human Rights Law. All of the human rights documents have been recognized by all governments, and the majority of the human rights documents have been adopted by the majority of governments. The precise formal status of each quotation is made clear to each NGO in the Project.
For more information, see The Project in Depth.