Human Rights Initiative

The CSIS Human Rights Initiative, launched in 2014, promotes a proactive, resilient 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 to build respect for human rights and works to integrate human rights priorities across U.S. foreign policy interests. Current focus areas for the Human Rights Initiative include exploring how respect for human rights can help build sustainable and inclusive democracies; analyzing how to align and leverage private sector interests to further human rights priorities; and responding to egregious current human rights abuses.

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Two Ukrainian refugees use their phones against a digital landscape with a Slovakian church in the background.

Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images; Collage by Sarah B. Grace, iDeas Lab

Safeguarding the Digital Landscape

While the high level of digital connectedness in Ukraine has spurred new opportunities to aid displaced Ukrainians, it has also put Ukrainians fleeing the conflict face-to-face with new online threats that can translate into very real physical danger.

Digital Report by Abigail Edwards — August 23, 2023

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