Human RightS Initiative

The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is an awareness raising and capacity building organization based at Central European University (CEU). It was founded in 1999 by the students of the CEU Legal Studies Human Rights Program. Since then it has grown into an internationally-recognized human rights organization, focusing on youth involvement, education and active student participation. HRSI's mission is to promote social engagement through awareness raising and capacity building. Our main target groups are CEU students and alumni, local and regional students, NGO staff and activists as well as local and regional NGOs.

HRSI works with local and regional human rights organizations, as well as international organizations such as the Council of Europe. HRSI is composed of a Coordinating Body and an Executive Board. HRSI's Coordinating Body consists of one staff member, who work in the HRSI Office.  Please stop by the HRSI Office and visit us anytime.

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Location: QS D209, CEU Vienna Campus

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - The Activist 2021

Is there a human rights issue that you wish more people knew about? Do you have a specific take on the state of the world regarding human rights, politics, and society? What makes you feel worried, angry, or inspired about the future? We invite you to share your ideas. 

CEU Earth Day 2020

For more than a decade it has been tradition at CEU to organize special programming in mid-April in acknowledgement of Earth Day, which is recognized as the planet’s most significant

Tackling Toxic Masculinity

November 17, 2019

Are you a man but you don't feel good about contributing to patriarchal oppression?
Have you ever thought about if there is sexism in your behavior, speech and attitudes, and how you could change it?
Or how to deal with these issues in political groups and other communities?
Are you wondering how you could support the feminist political movements fighting discrimination and violence against women?
Or you are just wondering what's wrong about masculinity and why you might want to care about all this?

15th NGO Fair

March 21, 2019

Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is thrilled to invite you to our
15th Annual NGO Fair

Thursday 21 Mar, 11am-2pm | Nador 13 Atrium (Lobby)

Come to meet and network with representatives of the most vocal local and international civil society organizations. Get to know more about the volunteering and internship opportunities with them.
If you do not have a CEU ID card, please RSVP to