Profession human rights officer

Human rights officers investigate and handle human rights violations, as well as develop plans to reduce violations and to ensure compliance to human rights legislation. They investigate complaints by examining information and interviewing victims and perpetrators, and communicate with organisations involved with human rights activities.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising


  • International human rights law

    The aspect of international law which deals with the promotion and protection of human rights, the related treaties and agreements between nations, the binding legal effects, and the contributions made to the development and implemenation of human rights law.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Social justice

    The development and principles of human rights and social justice and the way they should be applied on a case by case basis.


  • Advise on legal decisions

    Advise judges, or other officials in legal decision-making positions, on which decision would be right, compliant with the law and with moral considerations, or most advantageous for the adviser's client, in a specific case.

  • Support victims of human rights violations

    Support individuals or groups who have been a target of abuse, discrimination, violence or other acts which violate human rights agreements and regulations in order to protect them and provide them with necessary aid.

  • Promote social awareness

    Promote the understanding of dynamics of social relationships between individuals, groups, and communities. Promote the importance of human rights, and positive social interaction, and the inclusion of social awareness in education.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

  • Establish collaborative relations

    Establish a connection between organisations or individuals which may benefit from communicating with one another in order to facilitate an enduring positive collaborative relationship between both parties.

  • Facilitate official agreement

    Facilitate an official agreement between two disputing parties, ensuring that both parties agree on the resolution which has been decided on, as well as writing the necessary documents and ensuring both parties sign it.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • Investigate human rights violations

    Investigate cases in which a breach of human rights legislation may have occurred in order to identify the problems and determine an appropriate course of action.

  • Promote human rights implementation

    Promote the implementation of programs which stipulate agreements, binding or non-binding, concerning human rights in order to further improve efforts to decrease discrimination, violence, unjust imprisonment or other human rights violations. As well as to increase efforts to improve tolerance and peace, and better treatment of human rights cases.

Optional knowledge and skills

liaise with local authorities perform political negotiation monitor political conflicts court procedures provide legal advice compile legal documents provide testimony in court hearings show empathy show responsibility hear witness accounts observe confidentiality maintain relationships with government agencies promote social change show intercultural awareness international law apply conflict management support harmed social service users advise on conflict management maintain relations with local representatives coordinate humanitarian aid missions political science