Human Rights Initiative
The CSIS Human Rights Initiative, launched in 2014, promotes a proactive global human rights agenda that reinforces democratic values as a central component of a comprehensive foreign policy. It seeks to generate innovative solutions for government, civil society, and the private sector and works to integrate human rights priorities across U.S. foreign policy interests.
Current focus areas for the Human Rights Initiative include:
Building Sustainable and Inclusive Democracy: The Human Rights Initiative analyzes how the United States and other like-minded governments can build a resilient, proactive human rights agenda—one that helps inoculate liberal democratic institutions against contemporary threats, and affirms the strategic value of integrating human rights across U.S. foreign policy priorities.
Technology and Human Rights: The Human Rights Initiative considers both the promise and threat that technology poses for human rights and how it impacts civil society. Research examines how governments can deploy technology to serve national security and foreign policy interests in a more rights-respecting manner, and the responsibility of technology companies to carry out adequate due diligence on customers and users of their products.
Business & Human Rights: The Human Rights Initiative aims to reshape the thinking of governments and businesses to highlight the role of the private sector in strengthening human rights protections around the world, raising expectations of companies to respect international norms, and pressing for accountability by governments when they do not.
Responding to Egregious Human Rights Abuses: The Human Rights Initiative analyzes and draws attention to situations where widespread human rights abuses are occurring or are likely, and proposes policy solutions and illuminate comparative lessons learned.