"What is the “Human Rights City Project”?

 On November 28, 2011, the Eugene City Council unanimously voted to revise Eugene's 20-year-old Human Rights Ordinance to make it a duty of the Human Rights Commission to embrace the full range of human rights as enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This historic ordinance revision calls for the Commission to work with both City of Eugene government and the larger Eugene community to respect, protect, and fulfill the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural human rights spelled out in the Declaration.  Effectively addressing the full range of human rights is central to Eugene's aspirations to  become a "Human Rights City," a city in which attention to such rights guides people's everyday relationships to the benefit of all (See FAQ Page).

            ( To view the  Eugene Human Rights Commission's main site..)


Eugene City Budget Can Be Aligned with Human Rights Principles

The National Economic and Social Rights Initiative offers suggestions for bringing city and state budgets in alignment with universal human rights principles.  Watch the animated film below and then click on NESRI's Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also view a NESRI webinar in which the People's Budget animated film is presented and then discussed by advocates working on adoption and implementation of human rights budgeting in their own locales.

If you have questions, please contact Anja Rudiger, Director of Programs, NESRI, 212-253-1710 ext. 305.


The Human Right to Housing is the topic at downtown "Church in the Park"

On July 7, 2013, First Christian Church held "Church in the Park" in downtown Eugene.  Senior Minister Dan Bryant addressed the congregation on "Housing as a Human Right."  Mayor Kitty Piercy spoke about affordable housing and homelessness in Eugene.  Videos of their comments can be found below.


U.S. Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution Committing to Uphold International Human Rights; Urges Cities to Promote Human Rights

The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution to "uphold and promote human rights locally to foster equality and opportunity, working in partnership with other government actors and local communities." The resolution was adopted at their 81st annual meeting June 21st-24th, 2013. This came as a result of the report "Bringing Human Rights Home: How States and Local Governments Can Use Human Rights to Advance Local Policy," published by the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School.  Eugene is mentioned positively in the Conference of Mayors resolution and in the Human Rights Institute Report.


Human Rights Advocate Ib Hamide is Keynote Speaker on "Immigrant Rights=Human Rights!" at 2012 International Human Rights Day Celebration

On December 8, 2012, the Eugene Human Rights Commission cohosted its annual International Human Rights Day Celebration with Lane County Network for Immigrant Integration.  The theme of the event was "Immigrant Rights=Human Rights!"  Our keynote speaker, Ib Hamide, who is an immigrant from Lebanon, a local human rights advocate, and a restaurateur, delivers his address in this video.               


   Video:  "We Are All In This Together: Voices of Lane County Immigrants"

The Eugene Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with Lane County Network for Immigrant Integration and the City of Eugene Equity and Human Rights Center, created this video for the December 8, 2012, International Human Rights Day Celebration.  Entitled "We Are All In This Together:  Voices of Lane County Immigrants," the video portrays some of the diversity of the local immigrant population.  We are grateful to volunteer Hugh Massengill for his technical assistance in making this video.



Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy

Issuing a Human Rights Day Proclamation


In this video clip, City of Eugene's Mayor Piercy comments on her belief that local government has a responsibility to respect the human rights of all (see also the video below: "Human Rights Are at Home in Eugene").  Mayor Piercy has been named as the country's "most valuable local official" by the The Nation, a weekly magazine, in large part due to her leadership on human rights issues.


                   Video:  "Human Rights Are At Home in Eugene" 

This is a video acknowledging some of the human rights work accomplished by groups in Eugene, Oregon. It includes interviews with Eugene’s Mayor and Police Chief, as well as other Eugene officials and community members.  



The City of Eugene was represented at the 2011 World Human Rights Cities Forum held in Gwangju, South Korea, on May 16-17, 2011  The invitation to participate was extended by the forum's co-hosts, the Gwangju Metropolitan City Government and Gwangju's May 18 Memorial Foundation, which covered travel and other expenses.  The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights as well as other international and South Korean organizations.

       This first World Human Rights Cities Forum, whose theme was "Globalizing Human Rights from Below," brought together over 200 participants to discuss the implementation of universal human rights by local municipal governments.   Most were from South Korea and other Asian nations.  Participants shared best practices and experiences in building "Human Rights Cities" and worked toward developing an international network.  Those attending the forum included representatives of city governments and commissions, academic institutions, and international organizations.  The City of Eugene was one of only fifteen municipalities worldwide outside of South Korea invited to send a representative.

      The invitation to participate in the World Forum came in response to the growing national  and international reputation of Eugene as a city committed to human rights.  It is evidence of the important work being done within the City organization and by the Eugene Human Rights Commission on human rights issues.  The City of Eugene was represented by Ken Neubeck, a member of the Eugene Human Rights Commission.  Ken served on a international panel of city representatives where he discussed progress to date toward Eugene becoming a Human Rights City and participated in a consultation with Gwangju officials seeking advice on their human rights city plans.


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"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

Eleanor Roosevelt    


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Statue of Rosa Parks at Downtown Eugene Transit Station



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