Know your basic rights
These rights are laid down in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, approved over 60 years ago. The Declaration is worth reading. Being aware of human rights is the first step towards promoting and defending them.
The Universal Declaration has been accepted by almost all states and is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 380 languages and dialects.
Human rights in Switzerland have an information platform about international human rights and their implementation in Switzerland with an integrated news section which allows you to be always up to date.
Human Rights Day
The Universal Declaration was adopted on 10 December 1948, and since then Human Rights Day has been celebrated worldwide on that date. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights plays a major role in coordinating efforts for Human Rights Day.
Work for human rights
Amnesty International defends people whose human rights have been violated throughout the world. You can help by joining yourself; as a member, you will receive emails about human rights campaigns and opportunities to take action. You can also become a volunteer, and support local initiatives. Amnesty International in Switzerland is a worldwide movement which fights for human rights: be part of it!
If you are interested in a career in human rights, then Human Rights Watch offers internship opportunities (most of them unpaid) in many of the organisation’s offices around the world. Just look for the position you find the most interesting and apply.
International Human Rights Forum Lucerne aims to support and develop the debate on human rights. It also promotes human rights in the public agenda by giving the different players (Politics, IGOs, NGOs, Business, Media, Academia, Science ...) a forum where they can meet and discuss current human right issues together. It encourages student to take part in the discussions!