UDHR Audio/Video Project

Working in partnership with the United Nations and other organizations, this project is recording native speakers reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in all of its 500+ translations. Once a recording is made, it's integrated into our UDHR App and links are sent to schools and human rights NGOs where that language is spoken. The UDHR App has been viewed in over 175 countries by speakers of 140+ languages. In addition to presenting the UDHR in a more compelling way, the UDHR App makes the UDHR accessible to the hundreds of millions of people who are illiterate or visually impaired.

UDHR Audio Project Participants


Plain Language Human Rights

The Plain Language version of the UDHR was created in 1978 as a way to make the Declaration more accessible to children. This version distills the meaning of each of the UDHR's 30 Articles into easily understood language. This is a critical tool for reaching general populations throughout the world for whom the formal language of the official UDHR is too complex. The goal of the Plain Language Human Rights Project is to translate this version of the UDHR into as many languages as possible. These translations are then recorded by native speakers and incorporated into the UDHR App for distribution to human rights NGOs and schools.

Human Rights Education (HRE)

UHRI is working at the highest levels with school districts, including LAUSD, the second largest district in the country, to implement comprehensive HRE in all grades. This effort  comprises curating well-established human rights curriculum and lesson plans, engaging students and their families around human rights activities and working towards the creation of a state-approved Human Rights elective. Human rights education will empower even the youngest students, helping them learn to defend their rights and advocate on behalf of others.

The cornerstone of UHRI's HRE program is the HRE Web Portal, a database-driven web site containing the largest online collection of human rights educational curriculum, professional development materials and links to service learning opportunities.

Migration is a Human Right

The #MigrationIsAHumanRight App allows users to create a profile photo overlay with the words "THIS AMERICAN CAME FROM…". The user can then select the countries that they or their family immigrated from. The bottom of the image reads "MIGRATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT".

What Is Article 31?

The 30 Articles of the UDHR stand as the cornerstone of all human rights pronouncements, yet they are now 70 years old. In that time, the discussion around universal human rights has evolved and grown. For example, the UDHR does not mention LGBTQ or environmental rights. The What is Article 31? project is designed to engender dialogue around which rights are missing from the UDHR. Submissions to the project will be sent to the United Nations for review. Participants can highlight issues that are important to them and their communities and perhaps even affect the evolution of global human rights.

Facilitated Intergroup Dialogue

UHRI believes that face-to-face intergroup dialogue is a strong antidote to social polarization by building bridges in communities through engagement and action. With increased levels of tension and acts of bias and hatred within communities and school settings, teachers, parents and community leaders are either facilitating or avoiding difficult discussions about social justice, human rights and dignity.

Our intergroup dialogue participants learn from each other’s shared and divergent experiences while developing skills that honor and include marginalized voices. Our dialogue model supports participants through critical reflection processes that lead to allyship and action.

We shape each dialogue for the specific community we partner with, and outcomes are driven by the specific needs and actions identified by each group.