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AAG Geography & Human Rights
Clearinghouse and Forum

The AAG Geography and Human Rights Clearinghouse promotes the application of geographic research to human rights issues by encouraging exchange of scholarship, information and ideas. We encourage you to explore the bibliography of relevant publications, the public forum, educational materials, and other resources on these pages.

United Nations Recognizes Value of Geography to Protect Human Rights

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recognized geography’s role in human rights, citing sessions on human rights from the AAG Annual Meeting in New York. The OHCHR highlighted how geographers use geographic technologies and techniques to monitor and provide evidence of human rights abuses around the world. Read more on the UNOHCHR website.

Geography and Human Rights Bibliographic Database

The database allows researchers to search over 500 publications that apply the tools of geography to analyze issues of human rights. Click here to explore the database.

AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition

"This coalition allows us to pool our expertise and our scientific resources. Together, each of us has substantial things to offer. I know sociologists certainly do. I know that anthropologists do, that chemists do. And we think that geographers do, among others..."

To learn more about the AAG's role in the Science and Human Rights Coalition, click here.

To read back issues of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Report, click here.

'Geographers Address Ethics of GIS&T'

Dawn Wright of Oregon State University discusses a recent workshop held in Washington, DC for the project "Graduate Ethics Seminars for Future Geospatial Technology Professionals." Read the article here.

'Geography and Human Rights', a column by Doug Richardson

"Nearly all geographers are concerned about human rights, and in their personal and professional lives seek meaningful ways to act on these concerns and values. For the past two years, several of us at the AAG have been working together with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to explore an array of issues, projects, and programs which engage science, geography, and human rights..." Read morehere.