Human RightS Initiative

The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is an awareness raising and capacity building organization based at Central European University (CEU). It was founded in 1999 by the students of the CEU Legal Studies Human Rights Program. Since then it has grown into an internationally-recognized human rights organization, focusing on youth involvement, education and active student participation. HRSI's mission is to promote social engagement through awareness raising and capacity building. Our main target groups are CEU students and alumni, local and regional students, NGO staff and activists as well as local and regional NGOs.

HRSI works with local and regional human rights organizations, as well as international organizations such as the Council of Europe. HRSI is composed of a Coordinating Body and an Executive Board. HRSI's Coordinating Body consists of one staff member, who work in the HRSI Office.  Please stop by the HRSI Office and visit us anytime.

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Location: QS A606, CEU Vienna Campus

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Tackling Toxic Masculinity

November 17, 2019

Are you a man but you don't feel good about contributing to patriarchal oppression?
Have you ever thought about if there is sexism in your behavior, speech and attitudes, and how you could change it?
Or how to deal with these issues in political groups and other communities?
Are you wondering how you could support the feminist political movements fighting discrimination and violence against women?
Or you are just wondering what's wrong about masculinity and why you might want to care about all this?

15th NGO Fair

March 21, 2019

Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is thrilled to invite you to our
15th Annual NGO Fair

Thursday 21 Mar, 11am-2pm | Nador 13 Atrium (Lobby)

Come to meet and network with representatives of the most vocal local and international civil society organizations. Get to know more about the volunteering and internship opportunities with them.
If you do not have a CEU ID card, please RSVP to

The Vagina Monologues 2019

March 8, 2019

Save the date - The Vagina Monologues is coming!

When: 8th March 2019 | Where: Nador 15, Auditorium

The Human RightS Initiative proudly invites you to CEU's annual production of Eve Ensler's award winning theatrical performance.

The Activist - Call for Editorial Team and Articles/Photographs

January 29, 2018

Dear CEU Community,


Human RightS Initiative is pleased to announce a call for the editorial team, as well as abstracts and photographs for the 15th issue of The Activist. This is HRSI’s annual student-led journal, and is aimed at providing CEU students with an opportunity to publish their works that are related to the topic of human rights, and to gain experience in publishing and editing processes. Students from all departments are welcome.