Name of Collection: International Human Rights

School Name: Brooklyn School For Global Studies / School For International Studies

Address: 284 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-694-9741 X172

Fax: 718-694-9745

Librarian: Judy O'Brien

Librarian's e-mail:

The materials in this collection address basic human rights all over the world, such as the rights to freedom, safety, shelter and nourishment. Also addressed are violations of rights, important figures in the world of human rights, reports of legislation, and detailed accounts and personal stories from countries around the world. Materials are available for grades 6-12, however the majority of the collection is best suited for high school.

Questions for Inquiry
What are the basic International Human Rights?
Who decides what these rights are?
Who is in charge of protecting and enforcing those rights?
What constitutes a violation of these rights?
How prevalent are Human Rights violations?
What can be done about Human Rights violations?
How can a study of International Human Rights be integrated into the curriculum?

Human Rights, Universal Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Genocide, Child Labor, Slavery, Civil Rights.

Subject Headings
Human rights
Civil rights
Women – Civil Rights
Child welfare
Human trafficking
United Nations

Dewey Classifications

Key Books

Gall, T. and Hobby, J., eds. Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 12th ed. New York: Thomson-Gale, 2007. Call # REF 903 E
This 5 volume set provides general information about all the nations of the world and details the role of the United Nations.
Also available in e-Book format from Gale Virtual Reference Library

Maddex, Robert L., ed. International Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Washington, D.C: CQ Press, 2000. Call #REF 323 M

Shelton, Dinah, ed. Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. New York: Thomson-Gale, 2005. #REF 304.6 E
Also available in e-Book format from Gale Virtual Reference Library

January, Brendan. Genocide: Modern Crimes Against Humanity. Minneapolis: Twenty- First Century Books, 2007. Call # 304.6 J
Details 6 incidents of genocide, their causes and effects.

Kassinda, Fauziya. Do They Hear You When You Cry? New York: Random House, 1998. Call # B KAS
Kassinda’s autobiography chronicles her experiences as she flees Togo to avoid the ritual of genital mutilation, only to find herself in an American prison.

Lappe, Frances Moore. World Hunger: Twelve Myths. New York: Grove Press, 1998. Call # 363.8 L
An examination of the politics of world hunger, the reasons for its continued existence, and what can be done to help.

Phibbs, Cheryl Fisher. Pioneers of Human Rights. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Call # 920 PIO
Profiles of individuals who have contributed to the Human Rights Movement.

Roth, Kenneth; and Worden, Minky. Torture. New York: The New Press, 2005. Call # 179.7 T
15 essays by politicians, scholars, and victims of torture address the moral and legal debates associated with the issue.

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. New York: Pantheon, 2003. Call# 955.05 S
A girl’s life during the Islamic revolution in Iran, told in graphic format.

Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. New York: Pantheon, 1996. Call# 940.53 S
A graphic format story about a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, and his son.

*Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten Fire. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
A young Armenian boy’s experiences during the genocide of 1915.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2000.
In modern-day Afghanistan, a young girl must pose as a boy in order to earn money for her family.

*McCormick, Patricia. Sold.
Written in free verse, Sold tells the story of a 13-year-old Nepali girl, sold into slavery and forced to work in a brothel.




Journal of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities
Abstracts available from Ebsco (1990-2008)

Human Rights Quarterly
Abstracts available from Ebsco (1992-2008)

Freedom review
Full texts available on Ebsco (1993-1997)


Fanton, J. (2008). Case for an International System of Justice. Vital Speeches of the Day, 74 (3), 139-41.
Speech on the evolution of international human rights law, and why the U.S. should participate more fully in the international justice system. Available through NYPL journal portal.

Aitken, J. (2007). The Broken and Crushed. American Spectator 40 (5), 56-58
This article presents the author's case for Dalits in India being the clearest example in the world of continuing slavery, despite their formal liberation in 1976.

*Access UN: United Nations Documents from 1998-2003. Available at NYPL locations.

*Amnesty International Library: Provides articles from AI news, and AI research.

EBSCO’s Masterfile Select

*Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints

Gale Virtual Reference Library (contact librarian for access information to CCD e-books)

Websites Official website of the United Nations. Human Rights Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. Amnesty International. A human rights advocacy group. Official website of the Peace Corps. Provides information about genocide and crimes against humanity, focusing on current campaigns by their organization. Links to other human rights sites. Museun of Tolerance, Los Angeles An organization for students and teachers encouraging critical examination of history and the teaching of civic responsibility and tolerance.

Global Issues for Students: Africa: Challenges in the 21st Century. Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Part of a 7-volume series: Global Issues for Students.


Global Issues for Students: Genocide. Schlessinger Media, 2004.
Part of a 7-volume series.

What’s Going On: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone. Zenger Media, 2003.
Part of a multi-volume series, each dvd focuses on a specific problem in a specific area of the world.

Community Resources

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280,

New York Tolerance Center (affiliated with Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles)
226 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
More information

Facing History: New York Office
225 West 34th Street
Suite 1416
New York, NY 10122
Phone: (212) 868-6544
Fax: (212) 868-6545

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.