About Us

HR (Journalists for Human Rights) is Canada’s largest international media development organization. JHR’s goal is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. Creating rights awareness is the first and most necessary step to ending rights abuses. By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, JHR informs people about human rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves.



  • seeks to eliminate the need for the work it does
  • creates change without creating dependency
  • runs needs-based programs with sustainable, long-term impact
  • works with local media on pressing local human rights issuesPrint
  • believes in the inherent equality of all human beings
  • respects all human rights equally
  • believes in the power of open and free discussion to create positive change
  • upholds the most stringent of human rights standards in its own operations
  • builds long-term and respectful relationships with its partners, volunteers, staff, funders and stakeholders
  • actively works with local partners in countries of operation
  • recognizes the power of all forms of media
  • ensures all projects and programs are ethically responsible
  • is non-partisan
  • respects local knowledge systems

JHR does not…

  • deviate from its core mission or principles
  • create a need for itself
  • run short-term programs without substantive follow-up
  • provide band-aid solutions
  • prioritize one human right above another
  • assume it knows better than its local partners and stakeholders
  • provide monetary support to media outlets


The Journalists for Human Rights @ McGill University Chapter is a group of students actively engaged in informing their community about human rights issues through media campaigns and other on campus projects.

Throughout the year, JHR’s 7 Execs work with numerous volunteers, contributors, journalists, and JHR head office to raise awareness about human rights issues and the power of media to help combat abuses. Our work includes producing Speak! Newspaper, Speak! Radio and JHR TV, holding amazing awareness and fundraising events, and working with other groups on campus and in Montréal.

To that end, JHR @ McGill is dedicated to promoting a unified campus on issues related to human rights and journalism. We strive to collaborate with other clubs and services on events and campaigns.  Groups that we have coordinated with in the past include: TV McGill, CKUT, McGill Global AIDS Coalition, Cinema Politica, Arts Internship Office, and the list goes on.  We are open to working with more clubs on campus and we encourage clubs to utilize our free advertising space in Speak! Magazine.  If you are part of a group and would like to work with JHR @ McGill, please contact us at jhrmcgill@gmail.com.

Stay in touch by joining our listserv (email us at jhrmcgill@gmail.com) and our Facebook group.