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The IHR engages in three different ways:


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The IHR strives to educate students, faculty, and the community locally, nationally and globally on the content of human rights, human rights implementation, and issues relating to human rights violations.


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The IHR serves as a platform for individual and collaborative research on human rights with a particular focus on the human rights of marginalized populations around the world.


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The IHR engages with communities in Birmingham, in Alabama, the U.S. and around to world to discuss pressing human rights issues, to provide context on human rights implementation, and to offer human rights education.

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The Institute for Human Rights Newsletter is sent biweekly to update subscribers on public events and programs, blog posts, and achievements of the IHR team. Subscribe today to learn more about human rights in Alabama, the U.S., and the world!

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Learn More About Human Rights on Our Blog

Every week, our researchers at the UAB Institute for Human Rights prepare interesting content, covering human rights issues around the world. Ranging from women’s rights in Nigeria to human trafficking in Afghanistan, the ins and outs of the International Criminal Court to the right to peaceful assembly here at home, our bloggers educate on the world’s pressing human rights issues.

Read the latest blog entries:

  • Marriage Trafficking in China Leads to Women in Chains
  • New Alabama Legislation Restricts Absentee Voting Infringing on Voting Rights
  • How Stigma Hurts: The Ethnicity in ‘Marijuana’

Latest News

  • Bodine Al-Sharif named a 2024-2025 Fulbright Scholar
    Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
  • Graduate student set to represent UAB on the General Anthropology Division Board
    Chadra Pittman was invited to serve two years as a student representative on the General Anthropology Division Board.
  • Experience refugees’ compelling stories of resilience through a photo exhibition Feb. 2-March 1
    “Refugees, Empathy, and Human Rights” is a nationwide traveling exhibition featuring contemporary portraits and poetic stories illustrating the challenges of refugees building new lives in the United States.