Human rights has emerged to the forefront of the American consciousness. Due to concurrent trends of globalization and the ever-expanding reach of social media, we cannot help but notice human rights violations that occur all across the globe. Various avenues, including protests, marches, demonstrations and even Facebook posts, continue to remind us that human rights are suppressed abroad and in our backyard. This time period presents a unique struggle for human rights as freedoms once thought to be foundational are being threatened, illustrating that progress does not always follow a chronological timeline.
Our understanding of human rights has evolved into a discipline that spans multiple academic fields. The Yale Human Rights Journal hopes to encompass the discussions and forums about human rights under the lens of health, economics, identity, politics, historical trends, and technology. We aim to capture these debates about human rights in the past, apply them to current situations, and consider future possibilities.
As the only undergraduate journal in the country, the Yale Human Rights Journal shoulders a tremendous responsibility in conveying the message of human rights to all audiences. Our goal is to not only publish, but also organize to advocate in resolving prominent human rights issues. We endeavor to make a significant and lasting difference.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”