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HIS-1203 (Understanding Human Rights)

Human Rights News

Reading a range of news media is a great way to understand and engage with human rights issues around the world. This page has resources that can help you cast a wider net and help you discover new platforms that promote human rights voices. 

New York Times Subscription

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The New York Times is a great place to start for stories on human rights issues around the world.

All SFC students and staff receive free and unlimited access to the New York Times on their computers and mobile devices. Sign up for your NYTimes Pass using your SFC email address.

Library Databases

The library has a few newspaper databases to help you locate news articles related to human rights. To find articles you will need to search the database using keywords rather than browsing publications like you would a regular newspaper.

If you need help searching databases, check out our handy video tutorial on finding articles.

Newspaper Source

  • Full text access for more than 40 U.S. & international newspapers.
  • Full text television & radio news transcripts are also accessible

US Newsstream

  • Full text access to U.S. newspapers including Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and more!
  • Coverage dates back to 1985

Online News Sources

Guardian The Guardian

British daily broadsheet newspaper, expanding online reach to US and Australia. Great resource for human rights stories and investigative reports.


Al Jazeera Al Jazeera

First English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Great resource for stories with a Middle East focus but also global issues.



British broadcasting service with a global reach. Television, radio and news stories from around the world.


VOA Voice of America

US funded international broadcaster. Produces in content in 47 languages that is sent to affiliate stations around the globe.


ProPublica ProPublica

Newsroom that aims to provide investigative reporting in the public interest.


Freedom Forum Freedom Forum Front Pages

Over 600 front pages from local newspapers around the country (as well as dozens of international titles) updated daily.


Press Agencies

Much of the international news that you read in newspapers is actually provided by independent news agencies rather than the newspaper's own journalists. Why not 'skip the middle man' and go directly to the press agencies themselves? These are some of the biggest ones with freely accessible content:

Thomson Reuters Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Charitable arm of Thomson Reuters provides news stories on human rights issues from around the world.


AP Associated Press

American non-profit news agency distributing news reports to a variety of broadcast and print media.


United Press International United Press International

One of the largest international news agencies, headquartered in Florida.


Human Rights Organizations

Most of the prominent human rights organizations create a range of reports, research and press releases for the media. You can often explore and search these publications on their own website as well:

Amnesty International UN Human Rights

View the latest press releases from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. You can also search their archive going back to 1993.


Amnesty International Amnesty International

Search thousands of news articles and analysis from Amnesty International focusing on human rights issues around the world.


Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders

International non-profit organization with the aim of safeguarding the right to freedom of information.


Freedom House Freedom House

US government funded non-profit organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights.