How to Become a Human Rights Officer

Human Rights Officer Job Description

A human rights officer is responsible for monitoring, reporting and attempting to redress violations of human rights, as defined by the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 



Human Rights Officer Job Duties

  • Identify human rights violations
  • Receive and investigate complaints of human rights, for such abuses as discrimination of minorities or women, unjust imprisonment, violence against children and religious intolerance
  • Gather information and facts surrounding human rights violations
  • Interview victims and perpetrators of human rights violations
  • Observe demonstrations, trials and elections
  • May intervene with local authorities on behalf of victims
  • Liaise with other organizations, such as the International Labour Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and the International Criminal Court 
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