2). A major role of a human rights defender is to support the victims of human rights violation while propagating messages favouring the preservation of human rights at all levels. Human rights activists have a pivotal role in pressurising governmental policies and prompting governmental agencies to fulfil their human rights obligations. All these factors motivated me to search for career opportunities in human rights and Pickles’ article offered me a long list of the various human rights career opportunities for aspiring graduates and post graduates in four major categories: Multilaterals; NGOs; Law and Research (Pickles, 2006, p. 2). My next thought was how to prepare for a career in human rights and Haugen’s article was instrumental in convincing me of the educational and professional qualifications required of a career in international human rights. Apartr from the professional skills of investigation, intervention and cross-cultural experiences Haugen advises academic disciplines related to government, international relations, politics, history, public relations, social work, foreign languages, litigation and criminal laws as desirable requirements for a position in international human rights. However, I am also aware that the career of a human rights activist involves many challenges such as harassment, threatening, torture, arrested, detention, conviction, kidnapping and even execution.
Published in 2013 Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice is a seminal book that deals with almost every issue associated with human rights preservation. The book encompasses major recent developments with regards to human rights and the author regards human rights as universal rights. The book provides one with a comprehensive outlook of the theory and practice in human rights. The book throws light on such aspects as the special features of human rights, the relationship between human nature