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

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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