December is Universal Human Rights Month. This month is a reminder that the United Nations General Assembly codified the basic human rights of every person. It’s also a time to reflect on the way we treat others, and to do what we can in the fight for equality.
We have provided a book list to assist in educating on the importance of human rights.
H. G. Wells’s passionate and influential manifesto was first published in England in 1940 in response to World War II. In the face of a global miscarriage of justice, The Rights of Man made a clear statement of mankind’s responsibilities to itself.
Organized in four parts (Departures, Arrivals, Generations, and Returns), The Penguin Book of Migration Literature conveys the intricacy of worldwide migration patterns, the diversity of immigrant experiences, and the commonalities among many of those diverse experiences.
Here is a stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II, depicting the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism.
In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world’s most exciting writers share their powerful stories, essays, and poems, demonstrating how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.
Here are the human rights records of more than ninety countries and territories. The annual World Report is an invaluable resource for journalists, diplomats, and citizens, and is a must-read for anyone interested in the fight to protect human rights in every corner of the globe.
In Stolen Voices, Zlata Filipovic and co-editor Melanie Challenger have gathered fifteen diaries of young people coping with war, from World War I to the struggle in Iraq that continues today. They are profoundly affecting testimonies of shattered youth and the gritty particulars of war.
Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.