human rights news & views

Happy 5th birthday RightsBase!

Happy birthday to RightsBase which turns five years old today.

Five years on, RightsBase is still produced in Australia by Olivia Ball and her Lovely Assistant.

RightsBase's purview is "human rights news and views."  In over 150 articles, RightsBase has covered a broad gamut of human rights concerns in over 100 countries.

It tends not to comment on the major human rights stories of the day — except perhaps to posit a minority view of events, such as the latest post questioning the assassination of Bin Laden.

Rather, RightsBase tends to focus on human rights developments that don't get the attention they deserve — such as that first post of 21 May 2006 which drew attention to the UN Human Rights Committee's condemnation of the abusive treatment of Australian teenager Corey Brough.

RightsBase strives to deliver a high-quality, accurate and interesting product in a medium that is as accessible as possible to you our readers.  Web accessibility is of great importance to us here at RightsBase.  One day RightsBase may have a captioned Auslan video!  If you are a speaker of Auslan, or have any other special access needs, do get in touch via our contacts page and let us know what would be most useful.

Since the launch of RightsBase we are delighted to say The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights is now in its second, fully updated edition — special thanks to Canadians who have shown a particular enthusiasm for the Guide — and it has been published in Spanish under the title Los Derechos Humanos.

Please note you can now subscribe to RightsBase updates — simply go to the contact page or to the bottom of any post.  You can also join the growing number of people worldwide following RightsBase on Twitter.

Thank you, dear reader, for being here.  We hope you find the site helpful and inspiring.  We're always glad to hear from you.

Here's to the next 5 years being far more RightsBased!


  1. Julie
    24 May 2011 | 9:41 pm

    Congratulations and well done and thankyou, Olivia!

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