Human Rights Center HRC

University of California /Berkeley

The Human Rights Center investigates war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Our empirical studies recommend specific policy measures to hold perpetrators accountable, protect vulnerable populations, and help rebuild war-torn societies. (Homepage).

Publications: reports; articles; journal; books; resources; photos; newsletter;
Current events; Courses: Current Courses, Spring 2009;
Current fellows;
Address: Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, 460 Stephens Hall, #2300, Berkeley, CA 94720-2300, USA;

About HRC: The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. We believe that sustainable peace and development can be achieved only through efforts to prevent human rights abuses and hold those responsible for such crimes accountable. We use empirical research methods to investigate and expose serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In our studies and reports, we recommend specific policy measures that should be taken by governments and international organizations to protect vulnerable populations in times of war and political and social upheaval.


Established in 1994 through the generosity of the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Human Rights Center (HRC) has conducted major human rights investigations in more than a dozen countries, including the United States, Iraq, Rwanda, Uganda, Burma, and the former Yugoslavia. HRC has used DNA analysis to reunite families divided by war and conducted population-based studies to ensure that the voices of victims are heard by policymakers. HRC’s research has been provided to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.

The Center has provided more than 100 fellowships to graduate students over the past ten years, and its alumni have taken leadership positions with universities, nongovernmental organizations, and activist groups worldwide … (full text).

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