Universal Human Rights Initiative (UHRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.

UHRI was founded in 2016 by Dr. Noah Bardach and Hope Rieser Farley on the belief that the defense of human rights begins with education. People cannot fight for their rights if they don't know what they are. We see technology as the most promising way to deliver human rights education globally.

Working with partners like the United Nations, LA Unified School District, academic institutions and non-profit organizations, UHRI develops internet-based tools for increasing accessibility to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other human rights information.

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“Universal human rights begins with human rights education. People cannot defend their rights, or the rights of others, if they don’t know what those rights are.”

— Dr. Noah Bardach, FOUNDER


Universal Human Rights

All people, everywhere, are entitled to a basic set of rights. Knowing about these rights is the first step in achieving them.


The defense of one's rights begins with education. Because of this, UHRI believes that human rights education is itself a human right.



We see technology as the quintessential tool for spreading information about human rights. UHRI leverages web technologies to increase awareness and accessbility to human rights information.


UHRI works to raise awareness about human rights issues through education and create ways to take action using the Internet and social media.



Human rights information is available, but not enough people have access to it. The more people are able to access this information, the more empowered they will be in protecting their rights.