Human Rights Literature

“Literature can be as powerful as life itself … It can inspire us to change our world and give us the comfort, hope, passion and strength that we need in order to fight to create a better future for us, as well as all humanity.”

– Vered Cohen Barzilay, “The Tremendous Power of Literature” 

Books have the power to further human rights education. They can personalize human rights that may, otherwise, seem obscure or abstract. They can present unique perspectives, teach us empathy, foster understanding, and help readers imagine a world based on human dignity, rights, and equality.

Below, are some books – reviewed by SHRC Commissioner Heather Kuttai – that deal with important human rights issues. Books that have the ability to awaken new worlds, stimulate thought, and provoke discussion about human rights and society.