75th Commemoration of the United Nations Charter
This virtual commemoration celebration was held on June 26 – 27th in San Francisco. 

Events Past, Present and Future

HIHR believes in open dialogue, education and community involvement. We believe inclusion is the only way to any equitable system. That is why we have sponsored and participated in and continue sponsoring and participating in community events. Feel free to peruse through our archives of videos. To watch and/or participate in our future events check our social media, Facebook or LinkedIn.



Cooper UNion appears on Think Tech Hawaii every first and third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. HST (GMT – 10:00). Cooper UNion covers important human rights issues in the international arena and Hawaii.  You can stream it live on Think Tech Hawaii or for past shows, visit our YouTube.

Human Rights Educators

HRE USA’s regional chapters coordinate human rights education activities and communicate with members and organizational partners in their areas. Regional Representatives are very involved in HRE advocacy, serve on HRE USA committees as well as on the boards for local and national organizations working in the area of human rights.

To get involved locally, contact the representative nearest you.


Democracy as an opportunity for humanity ADL Side Event at the Summit for Democracy 2021

Promoting Indigenous Voices: Indigenous Heritage and Inclusion

Meet the Unitarian Universalist Association COP26 Observers


US Human Rights Network – Drum Beat 21 National Gathering

Details of the IPCC report August 2021 (COP26)

UN General Assembly 76 and Food Summit, 1 Month countdown to COP26

Pikipikihama Vaevae Manava. Pacific Islands Association of Non-governmental Organizations

Pacific Islands Region Climate Change Educators Workshop, July 2021

How to Use the Universal Periodic Review, Treaty Bodies, and the High Level Political Forum to Advocate for Indigenous Issues

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia Sail to Honolua Bay, Maui for 45th Anniversary Event, 2021

How to Maximize Your Advocacy Effectiveness using UN Mechanisms to Advocate for Indigenous Issues, 2021

UNSW – The Diplomacy Training Program goes online for new PNG human rights course


46th UN Human Rights Council – Side Event – Universal Periodic Review Adoption of Final Report on the USA

Amnesty International Annual General Meeting panel on UPR and gun violence

2020 Edition: Training Course on the Protection of HR and the Environment: Meet our Lecturers

Human Rights Day 2020 with Joshua Cooper Director of the Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights


UN Human Rights recommendations key to US post-election era

A genuine step for the Biden-Harris administration would be to formally establish a standing coordination mechanism across all relevant parts of the US government to consider the UPR recommendations and develop a meaningful plan for implementation.

20 Recommendations on Indigenous Rights for the 2020 U.S. UPR

This article is prepared by First Peoples Worldwide and Joshua Cooper, Director of the Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights and co-chair of the US Human Rights Network’s UPR Task Force. Since 2019, the US Human Rights Network has educated and engaged communities to create people-centered campaigns highlighting human rights violations. The voices of the people continue to echo from the ground to the UN in Geneva, offering a vision for equity and equality. The US Human Rights Network offers opportunities to organize with UN Missions so that the UPR reflects the will of the people inside the U.S. with a message that the world is watching and wants the U.S. to live up to its international human rights law obligations and constitutional commitments.

Communities Look Beyond Washington for Solutions to Human Rights Threats

We have seen over the past four years that the U.S. political system is unable to hold leaders accountable even to its own Constitution, and we’re watching as the system’s legitimacy crumbles, along with protections for basic rights and the most vulnerable.