Human rights

 Human rights

Human rights are rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. In response to widespread, horrific violations of human rights in the first half of the 20th century, the international community established The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and international human rights laws that lay down the obligations of governments to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. APA's vision statement includes serving as an effective champion of the application of psychology to promote human rights.

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What You Can Do

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  • APA Federal Action Network
    APA's Federal Action Network keeps you updated on legislative issues critical to psychology, including human rights issues.

  • AAAS and Human Rights Program
    Scientific responsibility, human rights and law program. Addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology.

  • Scholars at Risk
    Undertakes activities on behalf of scholars still under threat in their home country-such as those suffering persecution on improper or false charges or wrongfully imprisoned, as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty, university or system.

  • Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
    PHR focuses on the critical role of forensic science, clinical medicine and public health research in ensuring that human rights abuses are properly documented using the most rigorous scientific methodologies possible.

  • The Committee on Human Rights (CHR)
    Founded in 1976, CHR is a standing committee of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. 

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APA Offices and Programs

  • APA Ethics Office

    APA's Ethics Office supports the Ethics Committee in adjudicating ethics complaints, offers educational workshops and seminars, provides ethics consultations, and serves as a resource to APA members.

  • Committee on International Relations in Psychology

    CIRP develops contact between psychologists in the United States and their colleagues abroad.

  • Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

    BAPPI assures that psychology serves the public interest and advances social justice, health and well-being for all people. BAPPI accomplishes this goal through interactions with its reporting committees, other APA boards, committees and divisions, and through collaboration with like-minded external professional and interest groups.