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Human Rights as a Career 


Manu Singh

In the previous part of this article there was a brief introduction of Human Rights.The following part deals with the Human Rights issues, skills required to work in this field, the organisations dealing with the Human Rights issues and some of the educational institutions offering courses in this area of study.

Human Rights Issues

Adequate Housing

  • Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

Business and Human Rights

  • Business and Human Rights


  • Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

  • OHCHR Study on children working and/or living on the street

  • Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

  • United Nations Study on Violence against Children

Civil and Political Rights

  • Human Rights Committee (HRC)

Climate change

  • Human Rights and climate Change


  • Working Group on Communications

Cultural rights

  • Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights


  • Rule of Law - Democracy and Human Rights


  • Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Development (Good Gover-nance and Debt)

  • Development - Good gover-nance

  • Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights

  • Open-ended working group on the right to development

  • Right to development

Disability and Human Rights

  • Human Rights of persons with disabilities


  • Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED)

  • Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances


  • A special focus on discrimination

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - General information and resources

  • Open-ended Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


  • Human rights education and training

  • Special Rapporteur on the right to education


  • Special Rapporteur on Adverse effects of the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights


  • Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions


  • Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Freedom of Opinion and Expression

  • Freedom of expression and advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence

  • Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Freedom of Religion and Belief

  • Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief


Globalization (Business, Trade and Investment)

  • Business and human rights

  • Globalization - Trade and investment


  • Consultation on Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members

  • Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health


  • HIV/AIDS and Human Rights

Human Rights and Interna-tional Solidarity

  • Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity

Human Rights Defenders

  • Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Education and Training

  • Human rights education and training

  • United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

  • World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing)

Human Rights Indicators

  • Human Rights Indicators


  • Independent Expert to update the Set of Principles for the protection and the promotion of human rights through action to combat impunity

Independence of Judiciary

  • Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Indigenous Peoples

  • Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • Fellowship programme

  • Main page Indigenous

  • Open-ended inter-sessional Working Group on the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples

  • Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

  • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations

  • Working group on indigenous populations

Internal Displacement

  • Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons

International Solidarity

  • Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity


  • Special Rapporteur on use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

  • Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination


  • Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW)

  • Migration and Human Rights

  • Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights

  • Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights


  • Fellowship programme

  • Independent Expert on minority issues

  • Main page Minorities

Older persons

  • Older persons

Plans of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

  • National Plans of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights


  • Consultation on the draft of the guiding principles: “Extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor”

  • Human rights dimension of poverty

  • Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights


  • Ad-Hoc Committee on the elaboration of complementary standards

  • Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

  • Durban Review Conference (2009)

  • Group of Independent Eminent Experts

  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism

  • Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

  • Working Group on the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

  • World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimi-nation, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban (2001)

Rule of Law

  • Rule of Law


  • Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery

  • Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

  • Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery


  • Independent expert on Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

  • Special Rapporteur on human rights and terrorism of the Sub-Commission on the promotion and protection of human rights (Reports)

  • Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism


  • Committee against Torture (CAT)

  • Special Rapporteur on torture

  • Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture

  • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture


Trafficking in Persons

  • Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children

Transnational Corporations

  • Special Representative of the SG on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Water and sanitation

  • Consultations on human rights and access to Water

  • Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

  • Stakeholder’s views for the study on human rights obligations related to equitable access to safe drinking Water and sanitation


  • Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

  • Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

  • Women’s Rights and Gender main page

  • Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice

Required Skills

  • Communication

  • Writing

  • Reporting

  • Research

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Management

  • Legal

  • Advocacy

  • Teamwork

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking

Organizations Working in the Field of Human Rights

Human rights is still in its budding stage in India yet there are many avenues open for a student specializing in this field. Career Opportunities are available with social services organizations and NGOs working with disabled, orphans, destitute, refugees, mentally retarded and drug addicted. Human rights professionals can also work with established NGOs who operate in the field of Human rights and civil liberties in general. Such NGOs also functions in the area of human rights activism, disaster and emergency relief, humanitarian assistance, child and bonded labour, displaced people, conflict resolution and public interest litigation among others.

International organizations and NGOs are constantly looking for people specializing in human rights. These include the United Nations Organizations.

Statutory government bodies and cooperation in India like the National and State Commissions (on Women, Children, Human rights, Labour, Welfare, Minorities, SC and ST) Military, Paramilitary and Police Departments, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Schools, Colleges and Universities including research bodies and Centre for Excellence, District rural development agencies and district urban development agencies, Human rights consultancy organizations run by lawyers and legal experts are some other places to tap for career openings. Also one can work with correctional institutions working in field of Juvenile delinquency and child abuse as well as in women reformation centers, prisons and homes for the homeless.

The demand for human rights experts in the field of academics is also likely to increase.



Some Universities offering courses in Human Rights are:

  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

  • Devi Ahilya Viswavidhyala, Indore

  • Dr. B R Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow

  • Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

  • Indian Law Institute, New Delhi

  • Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

  • National Law School, Bangalore

  • University of Madras, Chennai

  • University of Mumbai, Mumbai

(The list is indicative only)

Course Duration

Most of the universities offer Masters or Post graduate programmes having human rights as one of their main subjects. Some Universities, Institutions and colleges also offer Diploma and Certificate. The eligibility to take admission in these courses is generally Bachelor’s Degree in any stream.


The salary in the field depends upon the nature of Job. However, the higher remuneration and various other benefits depend upon which sector one is working for like government, non government organizations, International Organizations and whether person is working in India or abroad.

The Author is associated with Faculty of Law, Amity University, Lucknow, email: manumanieche

Alternative Careers In Sports 



Thankfully being a sports-person is not the only career available to those with a zeal and passion for sports and looking to build a career in it.

From the early Roman days when sports in the Olympics was a glorious spectacle to today’s ultra managed events like modern Olympics sport has come a long way in terms of both scale and management. To give an example, the organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics put an advertisement to recruit as many as one lakh volunteers to work in various centres.

And this is just the number of volunteers, we are not talking about the actual administrators and managers and workers required for the event, the coaches and the support staffs attached with the various contingents, referees and umpires, medical support staff, journalists who covered the event, the public relations managers and other media staff and so on.

And unlike the temporary volunteers, these are full time professionals who enjoy the intricacies of their respective trades.

The vast exercise of Olympics is an epitome example of sports requirements and as said earlier, it’s not once-in-four-years opportunity only but requires year around preparation and full time devotion.

Let’s have another example to understand the various aspects of sports as a profession. When the Indian cricket team toured Australia recently, other than the players there was a huge retinue of sport professionals on the tour.

With the team there was a main coach, (Duncan Fletcher), manager, bowling coach, physiotherapist, physical trainers, mental conditioning coach (another word for sports psychologist), masseur, video  analyst (to record video footage of players and analyse the problem areas etc), liaison officer, media manager and a selector to help in team selection. And of course there was a huge contingent of Indian media travelling with the team that included correspondents, photographers and video journalists.

So let’s have a look at the alternative career available in sport.

Coaching / Training

Coaching is a well respected and a much needed profession. Coaching at the top level, national and international, usually requires a lot of experience. Such coaches themselves have long and rich experience as players themselves. Thus coaching at the top is a viable option for retired sportspersons. This also helps a top level athlete to prolong his or her career as a sportsperson's life as a player is limited.

It is important to note here that one doesn’t have to be a world record holder himself to produce a new world champion. It is usually the deep understanding of the game, its finesse and man management that qualifies a good coach.

However coaching also is not limited to top professionals only and with the emergence of sports and fitness, a wide number of jobs are available as trainers that cannot be ignored.

For one the educational institutes, schools and colleges employ physical trainers who are usually referred to as PGTs and TGTs. Parents nowadays are preferring schools that offer a lot of physical activities like yoga, swimming, horse riding, etc. other than regular games and sports. All these activities require trained coaches and trainers.

Other than that a large number of trainers are employed by fitness centres and institutes. Also there is a growing demand for skilled trainers to work on personal basis as well.

Umpiring / Refereeing

Games and sports are rule specific and need a judge to oversee that the game runs in its true laws and spirit. Other than having solid judgement for the game, a referee needs to be physically and mentally fit as well. He or she needs to be in control of the game and while being strict also has to show reserves of calm and patience. It is often said that umpiring is a thankless job as an umpire or referee is not judged by their right decisions but by their mistakes. Often a mistake ruins all the good work done through the course of the game. It is important to accept that mistake is only human error and one cannot be perfect. But within the realms of these heavy expectations, if one excels under stress and enjoys challenges, few careers can be a rewarding as judging the game.

It helps if one has played the game, but it isn’t essential to be a top umpire. There are a number of training academies for coaches usually run by their respective sport federations. Usually the coaches are graded level 1, 2, 3 and 4 according to their skills and experience. State and national sports organisations employ umpires and referees. They also work as freelancers, having a full time job and working in their spare time as referees.

Sports medicine

It is one aspect where there is acute shortage of trained personnel.

Doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians, nutritionists, etc. are very much required to build, maintain and monitor optimum physical fitness.

During the course of play also physios are needed to treat minor injuries, sprains etc.

Doctors are also needed to train athletes on list of banned substances and to educate them on avoiding illegal drugs intake. Sometimes even common medicines may interfere with blood samples hence a sportsperson has to be well educated on what to take and what to avoid according to the WADA guidelines. All these and more are the roles of a sports medicine expert.
Sports medicine experts are also employed by rehabilitation centres, health clubs etc.

Sports media

Media has grown manifold in sports and even its role and functions have grown with time.

Earlier while a few reporters and one or two still cameraperson were enough to cover an event, now their numbers have gone to hundreds. Media is a fast growing industry in India and huge spurt in number of newspapers and television channels have only grown the need for trained media persons.

Sports Journalism

Most of the newspapers and TV channels have strong sports team nowadays. Normal strength of a sports desk is around 10 people that include sports editor, correspondents on various beats, sub-editors, anchors, page designers etc.

Usually the entry into sports journalism is as a trainee reporter or trainee sub-editor and one moves up from there. Journalists are given fixed beats to cover, like cricket, football, tennis, athletics, Olympic sports, hockey etc. Sometimes these are rolling beats and everyone gets to cover all in a cycle. A sport journalist is expected to be hands on the intricacies of the game and to be in good contact with the sportspersons and administrators of his particular beat.

There is growing trend to adopt sports journalism as a career and to sum it up in the words of a colleague who covers cricket, “People pay to watch cricket matches, I get paid to watch them.”

Other than reporting, there is also option of becoming sports commentator which is a highly paying job but the requirements for live commentators are only a few.

Sports Photo Journalist

Action photographs are lifeline for a sports story and brilliant photographers are worth their weight in gold in media houses. They try to tell the story in pictures and other than being at their creative best, they also need to be at the right place in the right time.

With the advent of TV and sports channels, sports camerapersons are in huge demand. They cover for news bulletins and programmes and also are required for live coverage. Once again live coverage is a very responsible job and requires great experience and expertise.

Sports PR Professionals

A number of Public Relations agencies have sprung up in the field of sports which require PR professionals with a passion for sports. Sports federations need PR managers, event organisers need PR managers and even sportspersons themselves need PR experts to guide them in the media field. Events like IPL and F1 have opened doors for a huge number of PR managers who work exclusively for sports.

Sports Administrators and Managers

Able sports administrators are required for maintaining and running sport federations and organisations. As sport becomes increasingly professional, the requirement for trained managers and administrators is only bound to increase. Right now job opportunities exist in both public and private sector.

This is not an exhaustive list of careers available in sport, just an indicator of current professional trends. Besides if one gets creative, other avenues like sports tourism, academies, manufacturing equipments etc. are also available for those with entrepreneur bend of mind.

(The author is a sports journalist with reporting experience of well known sports events including Olympics and Cricket World Cup. e-mail: vidhanshu@ hotmail. com)

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