Areas of Work

Human Rights & Refugees

We work to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights through the United Nations system, with particular reference to the interface between human rights and armed conflicts, the protection of refugees, the rights of people in detention, and other Quaker concerns.

Raising awareness about children with parents in prison, the problems they face and possible solutions, for both children living in prison with a parent and children remaining in the community.

We are working to ensure that the rights and dignity of all who move as a result of climate change are protected.

Issues around the right of conscientious objection to military service.

QUNO works with UNHCR on a range of refugee protection issues, in particular relating to conscientious objection to military service and to those fleeing conflict or violence.

QUNO provides support for Quaker work for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, including promoting dialogue between governments and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Promoting recognition of the rights and needs of women in detention, primarily through implementation of the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).