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The Human Rights Center works to promote human rights and international justice worldwide and to train the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. We believe that sustainable peace and development can be achieved only through efforts to prevent human rights abuses and hold those responsible for such crimes accountable. We use empirical research methods to investigate and expose serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In our studies and reports, we recommend specific policy measures that should be taken by governments and international organizations to protect vulnerable populations in times of war and political and social upheaval.

Cover page of Technology Solutions for Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

Technology Solutions for Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

(2019)

Despite growing efforts by business, investors, civil society, and policy makers over the past two decades, workers in global supply chains continue to experience human rights abuses. While conditions have improved in some industries, the absence of robust regulatory intervention and enforcement have opened the door for private sector interventions, including the use of technology solutions, to empower and safeguard the rights of workers and enable suppliers and companies to respect human rights and provide access to effective remedies. The challenge, however, is that many, if not most, of these technology solutions have yet to achieve the needed scale and impact. This landscape assessment provides substantial evidence of a significant market and global demand for technology solutions aimed at addressing human rights risks and challenges in global supply chains. Today, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on these technology solutions or are being invested in emerging technologies that may someday bring game-changing opportunities for millions of workers around the world. 

Cover page of The Victims Court: A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court

The Victims Court: A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court

(2015)

This multi-country study interviews 622 survivors of war crimes and crimes against humanity is an independent study written at the request of the International Criminal Court and released at the Assembly of States Parties meeting in The Hague on Nov. 20, 2015. The study finds that meaningful victim participation at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hinges on greater investment by member states in outreach and educational programs, so that victims can more fully understand their rights under the Rome Statute.