Human Rights Commission Mission & History


The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to promote implementation of universal human rights values and principles in all City of Eugene programs and throughout the wider community.

To carry out this mission the commission shall affirm, encourage and initiate programs and services within the City of Eugene and in the wider community designed to place priority upon protecting, respecting, and fulfilling the full range of universal human rights as enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To support and promote human rights, the commission will:

  1. Provide human rights education
  2. Be proactive in human rights efforts
  3. Address human rights violations
  4. Ensure active public participation
  5. Be transparent and open
  6. Be publicly accountable for human rights progress

Human Rights Retrospective

In 2011, we completed a 20-year Human Rights Retrospective Project honoring the activities, projects and accomplishments in Eugene.

Human Rights City

One of the goals of the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission is to “ensure that human rights are a central part of every City program.” In 2006, the Commission put the “Human Rights City Project” on the biennial work plan, an action approved by City Council. The Project is currently exploring ways that City government can implement international human rights standards and principles in its overall operations.

The Human Rights City Project entails:

  1. Ongoing research on initiatives being undertaken in other municipalities
  2. Opening up a conversation with elected City officials, City managers and staff, and community members
  3. Future proposals for City Council action that could include a revision of the City of Eugene Human Rights Ordinance