Human Rights Resources

A list of free guides, how-to tools and other resources on Human Resources for NGOs and development professionals.

A Free Guide to the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict

UNICEF and the non-governmental organization Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers have developed this Guide to the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict as a contribution to the campaign to prevent and end the use of child soldiers. It is hoped that this publication will be useful for mobilizing… [Read More]

A Free Handbook on Legislative Reform: Realising Children’s Rights

This Handbook aims to support the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and advance gender equality by influencing the adoption of legislative measures, social policies and institutional changes that promote gender equality and results… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook for Human Rights Educators: Evaluating Human Rights Training Activities

This practical guide for human rights educators wishing to improve their work and to measure and document their effectiveness, aims to fuel the transformative power of human rights education: from conflict to peace; from human rights violations to redress; from abuse to dignity; and from discrimination to respect, equality and social justice. This Handbook is… [Read More]

A Free Handbook on Growing Up Without Violence: Respecting Children

Respecting Children has been designed to encourage discussion and reflection on the needs of 21st century children. Children are people in their own right, with contributions to make and ideas to share about family life and community. It is widely acknowledged that violence against children fundamentally breaches their human rights, and this is clearly stated… [Read More]

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A Free Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues: Speak Up, Speak Out

The Internews toolkit ‘Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues’ is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way. It combines background information on international… [Read More]

A Free Workbook for Young Men on Violence and Masculinities

This workbook has been designed so that young men like you are able to relate to the issue of violence and reflect on this widespread problem. This resource is part of a series of toolkits and educational material developed by Breakthrough on social issues of human rights, gender, sexuality and violence against women, through which… [Read More]

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A Free Commonwealth Toolkit for Policy Progress on LGBT Rights

Across the Commonwealth incremental gains are being made in the struggle for equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) citizens. In many countries, governments and civil society have quietly expanded progress through areas of policy enacted by executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. While 40 of the 53 Commonwealth members still criminalise… [Read More]

A Free International Law Handbook: Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict

This comprehensive handbook focuses on education-related violations in situations of insecurity and armed conflict. It explores the international legal protection afforded to both the right to education as a human right and education more generally under international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. With this in mind, this Handbook aims to… [Read More]

A Free Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing Decisions that Improve Children’s Lives

The Advocacy Toolkit is applicable for all levels of the organization as a resource for building a structured approach for sustained advocacy. The tools are particularly relevant for UNICEF country offices and national committees, but its content will also be valuable to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the human rights-based approach to… [Read More]

A Free Right to Education Handbook

The Right to Education Initiative (RTE) with UNESCO have developed this handbook to guide action on ensuring full compliance with the right to education. Its objective is not to present the right to education as an abstract, conceptual, or purely legal concept, but rather to be action-oriented. The ultimate aim of this handbook is to… [Read More]