US Human Rights Network Blog

US Human Rights Network Blog



Launching a code of conduct for online webinars and meetings

Sep 27, 2019

We are excited to present and begin implementing a basic but important code of conduct for use during all future webinars, meetings, and online calls. We view this code of conduct as a starting point and plan to work together in the coming months to co-create a community agreement with our members and partners.

The US Human Rights Network is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, socioeconomic status or background, physical appearance, or other identity marker and status. Our online webinars, conference calls, and meetings are dedicated to providing a harassment-free and hatred-free experience for everyone. 

The Network firmly believes that we are stronger together; we strive to contribute to a human rights movement in which human rights defenders from across regions, issue areas, and communities work together to uplift each other in the struggle for human rights and dignity for all. We aim to work across issue-based and community-based silos and create meaningful and lasting connections between organizations, groups, peoples, and individuals. The Network seeks to end the Oppression Olympics and recognizes that our freedom is tied to each other.

Be open

Be inclusive

Be collaborative

Listen to other members

Use welcoming and inclusive language

Be supportive of other members on the call

Be mindful of the time you take in meetings

Be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences

Respect others regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression

No hate speech 

No Oppression Olympics

No exclusionary language

No sustained disruption of discussion

No discrimination*, harassment, or defamatory language

*Discrimination includes:

Unjust/prejudicial treatment and/or comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, pregnancy status, veteran status, political affiliation, marital status, body size, age, race, national origin, ethnic origin, nationality, immigration status, language, religion or lack thereof, or other identity marker. This includes anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, anti-immigrant and/or xenophobic language, deliberate misgendering, using inappropriate pronouns, and use of "dead" or rejected names.

If a member engages in discriminatory or harassing behavior, the USHRN Coordinating Center facilitators may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and/or expulsion from the call as needed in order to maintain a discrimination-free and harassment-free environment.