Human Rights Research League

Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.)

Mission statement

The Human Rights Research League (HRRL) is a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) aiming at protecting individuals by placing acts contrary to human rights and international humanitarian law, systemic grievances as well as humanitarian emergencies on the agenda. HRRL seeks to contribute to knowledge and research based public discussion and problem analysis without geographical, political, confessional or other limitations or alignments.

As our name suggests, we are an organization primarily focused on research from the basis of a strong academic foundation. However, we recognize that lasting impact and positive change also depend on connecting academics and practitioners, combining research on root causes of human rights challenges with implementation of projects and policies addressing those grievances. 

To this end, we are engaged in four focus areas: Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.), all with a view to bridging the gap between academic and practical approaches to human rights, and between problem analysis and implementation of solutions.


News & reports


Op-ed on the Root Causes of Refugee Crises and Strategies for Development Aid
2018-11-02 08:44 "If we are to reduce the number of refugees on a global basis, instead of simply limiting the number of refugees reaching the shores of Europe, we need to address the real, underlying root causes of f...
Genocide Conference video available
2018-09-10 18:03 On September 6-7, 2018, an international conference on 'The UN Genocide Convention at 70: The Politics of Mass Atrocity Prevention' took place at the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Mino...
Beyond Encampment seminar report available
2018-04-24 00:01 On 10 April 2018, Human Rights Research League successfully held a seminar at the University of Oslo on the challenges posed by mass migration regarding urban areas, refugee camps, and potential futur...

Conferences & calls

Human Rights Research League and the University of Montreal kindly invite you to participate in a research project on


'The Influence of a Permanently Failing Political and Security Environment on the Mental Health of Lebanese Living or Having Lived in Lebanon. The Explosion of August 4th, 2020: A Cumulative Collective Trauma?'


The overall objective of this project is to explore the impact of potentially traumatic cumulative events related to permanently living in a failing politico-security environment, as well as the impact of the lack of justice on the mental health of the Lebanese. All Lebanese 18 years of age or above, who currently live or have lived in Lebanon, are invited to take part in this study.


For further details, please see the Call for Participation, available in English, French, and Arabic, which also includes a link to the research survey.



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