Moral Guidance on Prioritizing Care During a Pandemic

In a joint statement of twenty experts in medicine, law, bioethics, theology, and public policy, M.A. in Human Rights Program Director, William J. Saunders, offers guidance and moral considerations for prioritizing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. When faced with economic crisis and concerns medical care capacity, these professors with myriad expertise apply reason and provide clarity for all of us, especially those in decision-making roles.
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Human Rights and Human Dignity at the US Department of State

Abigail Wilkinson, M.A. in Human Rights student with the IHE, demonstrates the growing need for legislation that respects basic rights as she reflects on her time attending a recent meeting of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. Her reflection is one that challenges us to ask ourselves: who are the people and what are the organizations that are responsible for ensuring rights for all?
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Graduate Scholarships Available to Alumni of Newman Guide Colleges

The Cardinal Newman Society has a long history of helping students determine the quality of a college program through its Newman Guide, which ranks faithful Catholic colleges and universities. The Catholic University of America is proud to have been featured in the Guide consistently over the years. Now The Cardinal Newman Society is offering scholarships to alumni of Newman Guide recommended colleges. Pursuing a graduate degree just got less expensive.
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Human Rights Program Director Reflects on the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly announced and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Declaration, adopted unanimously, states certain rights that must be respected, among them the right to life, the right to religious freedom, and the right to marry and found a family.   It is a remarkable achievement, reflecting a consensus among the diverse collection of nations that make up the UN, nations that hardly ever agree on anything. But they agreed this time.  Why? 
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M.A. in Human Rights Students Meet with the Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Students had the opportunity to hear Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Director of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, on topics ranging from his personal and professional experiences to the decline of Catholicism in Quebec as well as the rise of French-style laïcité in the province, and how that is used to discriminate against Catholics as well as Muslims.
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Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights:
Leading Constitutional Cases under Scrutiny

IHE Fellow and director of the program in human rights, William Saunders, J.D., has a new book about legal protection for the basic human right to life. Contributors examine countries in North America, Europe, and Latin America, with a concluding essay by John Finnis.
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Robert George Discusses Dialogue, Consensus
and the “New Natural Law” School

Students recently had the opportunity to meet with Robert George for an enriching discussion about his professional history as well as a whole range of issues including consensus between people with different belief systems; the importance of dialogue; and international efforts to protect human rights.
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Master’s Student Reflects on Work With the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Having aided in the campaign to block pornography on The Catholic University of America’s campus network, I was surprised to find a non-profit dedicated to exactly that. The work NOSCE does is a benefit for all of society and its staff should receive much praise for their accomplishments. They have successfully gotten billion-dollar companies to remove pornographic content from their platforms...
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Student Helps Teach English To Human Rights Hero Chen Guangcheng

While pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights, Abigail Wilkinson has had an extraordinary opportunity: to gain wisdom from human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. She is helping him improve his English language skills, which will, in turn, enable him to more effectively share his experiences in China. In the following blog, she writes about this enriching experience.
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Abortion Comes To The Supreme Court:
High Court Will Review Case on Louisiana Law

William Saunders, J.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, comments on the Supreme Court's October 4 decision to review a Louisiana abortion case. "Two and a half years ago, the court decided Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In that decision, the high court struck down a Texas law that, among other things, required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a local hospital. The two cases seem more or less identical. What has changed? Why would the court consider the issue again?"
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Program Director William Saunders Addresses Human Rights in China with Chen Guangcheng

Last month, the IHE held its second Annual Lecture on Human Rights, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen Square: Human Rights in China Today." William Saunders, J. D., Director of the Program in Human Rights, hosted speaker Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist and Chinese dissident known internationally as "the barefoot lawyer."
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