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A primary goal of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR) is to encourage research and education on all aspects of human rights, from conceptual to applied. The Committee encourages colleagues to think, write and conduct research that touches on all areas of human rights.  Teaching courses related to this field in a university setting will also further the promotion of human rights awareness among students.  Finally, networking with other anthropologists who work on human rights is a vital aspect of this work. To assist our colleagues in achieving these goals, the Committee has compiled background information and a resource list, bibliographies and various course syllabi pertaining to human rights issues, a directory of scholars who work on human rights issues and additional contributions of bibliographies, resources, and syllabi are welcome.  To add your name to the directory of scholars, email Anne Kelsey (


Background and Resource List

Human Rights Instruments

Human Rights Organizations

Bibliographies (All Links are PDF)

Course Syllabi (All Links are PDF)


Ways for Anthropologists to Get Involved in Human Rights Work

  1. Increase Anthropological Knowledge
    • Do Research on Human Rights as a Cultural and Metacultural Concept
    • Do Research on Specific Cultural Practices
      • Female Circumcision
      • Domestic Violence
      • Infanticide
      • Forced Sex Trade
      • Pariah Populations
      • Cultural Appropriation
    • Do Research on Specific Political Practices
      • Ethnocide
      • Ethnic Cleansing
      • Slavery
      • Rape as an instrument of war
      • Deprivation of water and resource rights
      • Assimilationist political policies

  2. Increase Professional Dialogue
    • Organize a panel and/or publication
    • Start an Internet discussion group
    • Develop links to other professional groups, in the U.S. and abroad

  3. Increase Student Knowledge
    • Teach a course that includes the anthropology of human rights
    • Encourage student research papers on human rights questions
    • Explore the topic in an extracurricular discussion series

  4. Intervene in Cases of Human Rights Abuse
    • Bring cases to the Committee's Attention
    • Join the Committee's On-Line Directory
    • Organize a Colleague Group to Bring Pressure on Perpetrators
    • Attorneys: Join Human Rights First 
    • Participate in Amnesty International or Cultural Survival or one of the many organizations listed elsewhere in this website.

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