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What are Human Rights? 

The 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and subsequent treaties establish that rights are inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, gender, 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, the right to an adequate standard of living, health, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.

The American Anthropological Association also recognizes the connections between human rights and anthropology, from the rights of anthropologists to conduct their work without fear of harassment or intimidation to the responsibility to act in accordance with human rights, from the opportunities to apply anthropological knowledge in the service of human rights, to the need to ensure equality of opportunity in learning about anthropology and developing a professional career in this field. Read our 2020 statement on Anthropology and Human Rights

Get Involved

If you have a Human Rights issue you’d like to see addressed, contact Aunchalee Palmquist, Leah Brooke Zani, and Jeff Martin, please use this form.

  • AAA Rapid Response Network was created to investigate reported attacks on anthropologists’ academic freedom and to advocate for the academic freedom of anthropologists and other scholars, with the aims of protecting vulnerable individuals, promoting accountability, and preventing future violations. 

  • AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition is a network of scientific, engineering, and health membership organizations that recognize the role of science and scientists in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Call For Papers: If you have resources you feel would be beneficial in this section please contact Jeff Martin using this form.


Call For Papers: If you have resources you feel would be beneficial in this section please contact Jeff Martin using this form.



From the Archives 








  • Letter Concerning Indigenous Rights in Guatemala (2013) (needs link)



  • Code of Ethics includes human rights (needs link)
  • Committee for Human Rights Letter Responding to Threats to Anthropologists in Guatemala (2008) (needs link)