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 B607, CEU Vienna Campus

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Short stories by CEU students. Critical Race Theory class, 2016

Professor Mathias Möschel describes Critical Race Theory (CRT) and his course taught under the Legal Studies Department in the 2015/2016 Academic Year as encompassing the following*:

Deadline Extension for Leadership, Team and Conflict Management Workshop

The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is happy to announce the deadline extention for the application period for a one–day intensive workshop on Leadership, Team and Conflict Management at CEU on Saturday, June 11th

Global Map of Menstrual Taboos. Teaser Campaign V

           Teaser Campaign V

           Global Map of Menstrual Taboos

We have created a global map with menstrual taboos. The taboos have been collected with the help of members of the CEU community within our call to create this map. Contributors shared experiences and taboos from their own countries and cultures.  

Rashadat Akhundov has been released

CEU alumnus who spent almost 3 years behind bars due to trumped-up charges appeared on the pardon list signed by the President of Azerbaijan today (March 17, 2016)

Rashadat graduated from Central European University Business School in 2007. After graduation Rashadat came back to his home country Azerbaijan where almost immediately he became one of the young leaders of the movement for democracy and human rights.

Rashadat was among the founders of the N!DA Civic Movement which aimed to bring about democratic change through peaceful and non-violent methods.