Introduction to Human Rights Organizations

 

Below is a selected list of human rights organizations. Many of these organizations' web sites will lead you to other organizations working in the field of human rights.

To more easily find an organization dealing with the human rights issue(s) you are most interested in, use the list of Human Rights Organizations by category. The organizations are also listed alphabetically, with a brief description of its activities.

Human Rights Organizations by Category:

Activism

Arms, Conflict and Political Violence

Children

Criminal Justice

Disabilities Rights

Economic Justice

Education

Gay/Lesbian

General

Gender/Women

Health

Justice and International Law

Media

Refugee Rights and Related Issues

Annotated List of Human Rights Organizations:

50 Years is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice
www.50years.org

50 Years Is Enough is a coalition of over 200 U.S. grassroots, women's, solidarity, faith-based, policy, social- and economic-justice, youth, labor and development organizations dedicated to the profound transformation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Network works in solidarity with over 185 international partner organizations in more than 65 countries. The Network focuses on action-oriented economic literacy training, public mobilization, and policy advocacy.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
www.achpr.org

Established by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights which came into force on October 21, 1986 after its adoption in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1981 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU.), the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is charged with ensuring the promotion and protection of Human and Peoples' Rights throughout the African Continent.

American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disasters and help for communities in the prevention, preparation for, and response to emergencies. The International Red Cross Movement was created to provide nonpartisan care to the wounded and sick in times of war. Today, the Red Cross Movement incorporates the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the International Federation), as well as National Societies in 175 countries, including the American Red Cross of the United States.

The American Society of International Law
www.asil.org/org.htm

ASIL is the premier membership organization in the United States dedicated to advancing the study and use of international law. For nearly a century the Society has helped set milestones in the evolution of international law through its participation in the international policy process. It is both a non-partisan forum for debate and discussion and an educational institution fostering innovative thinking on issues of law, international relations, and public policy.

Amnesty International
www.amnesty.org

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Amnesty International USA
www.amnestyusa.org

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.

Arab Association for Human Rights
www.arabhra.org

The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA), founded in 1988 by lawyers and community activists, is an independent, grassroots, non-governmental organization, registered in Israel. HRA works to promote and protect the political, civil, economic, and cultural rights of the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel from an international human rights perspective.

Association for Women's Rights in Development
www.awid.org

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international membership organization connecting, informing and mobilizing people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights. The goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change by facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women's empowerment and social justice.

Bayefsky.com
www.bayefsky.com

Bayefsky.com was designed for the purpose of enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. Accessibility to UN human rights norms by individuals everywhere is fundamental to their successful realization. The information provided herein encompasses a range of data concerning the application of the UN human rights treaty system by its monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the 1970s.

Beyond Intractability: Information on More Constructive Approaches to Difficult and Intractable Conflicts
www.beyondintractability.org/iweb/

This is a free online knowledge base that examines very difficult, destructive, long-lasting conflicts. They explore what makes these conflicts different from other conflicts, and what can be done to lessen their destructiveness and make them more constructive. This web site is useful for people with "ordinary" conflicts and conflict resolution, but is written for those involved in or studying conflicts such as racial and ethnic issues, nationalistic struggles, controversies over homosexual rights, abortion, and the conflicts between the developed countries and the developing countries.

B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
www.btselem.org

B'Tselem endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations As an Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.

Center for Justice and Accountability
www.cja.org

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) works to deter torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world by helping survivors hold the perpetrators accountable. CJA is the leading center in the United States that represents survivors in civil suits against perpetrators who live in or visit the United States. CJA is pioneering an integrated approach to the quest for justice that combines legal representation with referrals for needed medical and psychosocial services, and outreach to schools, community organizations and the general public.

Center for Social Media
www.centerforsocialmedia.org

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media as creative tools for public knowledge and action. It organizes film festivals, panels, and public events; conducts research; and publishes reports and articles geared towards independent filmmakers, activists, researchers, and media specialists. The Center is part of the School of Communication at American University.

Center for World Indigenous Studies
www.cwis.org/index.html

CWIS is an independent, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.

Committee to Protect Journalists
www.cpj.org

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. It promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. By publicly revealing abuses against the press and by acting on behalf of imprisoned and threatened journalists, CPJ effectively warns journalists and news organizations where attacks on press freedom are occurring.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
www.dredf.org

Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education, and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

eACTIVIST.ORG
www.eactivist.org

eActivist.org is a project that works to encourage electronic activism and civic participation by providing a comprehensive, issue-based collection of progressive electronic actions and tools for the electronic activist. It partners with organizations from around the globe to deliver electronic activism in a format useful to activate social change and unite the global community.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
www.ellabakercenter.org

EBC has a three-part mission to document, expose and challenge human rights abuses in the United States criminal justice system; to build power in communities most harmed by government-sanctioned violence; and to develop and advocate for proactive, community-based solutions to systemic "criminal injustice." EBC uses a wide variety of tactics to accomplish its mission, including grassroots organizing, direct-action mobilizing, media advocacy, public education, cultural activism, policy reform and legal services. EBC sponsors the Books Not Bars initiative.

Electronic Frontier Foundation
www.eff.org

EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people – lawyers, volunteers, and visionaries – working to protect your digital rights. EFF was created to defend citizen's rights to think, speak, and share ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web. EFF is the first to identify threats to basic rights online and to advocate on behalf of free expression in the digital age.

Electronic Mine Information Network
www.mineaction.org

E-MINE is a web-based information gateway designed to support both the planning and coordination of global mine action efforts by making available to all partners reliable information on mine action programs, issues, best practices and technologies. The project builds on other mine action databases, information systems, and web sites,

Facing History and Ourselves
www.facing.org

Facing History and Ourselves is based on the belief that education in a democracy must be what Alexis de Tocqueville called "an apprenticeship in liberty." Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Facing History has engaged teachers and students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of collective violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Forefront
www.forefrontleaders.org/index.php

Forefront strengthens the work of human rights leaders by providing technical assistance, channeling technology and other resources, responding in times of crisis, and facilitating peer-to-peer exchange and training. Founded in 1998 as a network of recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award, Forefront disseminates tools, strategies and best practices developed directly by human rights leaders and inspires new engagement and activism in human rights through the experiences of frontline leaders.

Fourth World Documentation Project
www.cwis.org/fwdp/backgrnd.html

FWDP is organized by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in 1992. Its mission is to document and make available to tribal governments, researchers and organizations, important documents relating to the social, political, strategic, economic and human rights situations being faced by Fourth World nations and create a historical archive of the political struggles waged by Indigenous Peoples to assert their rights as sovereign nations.

Freedom House
www.freedomhouse.org

Freedom House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs and publications, Freedom House is working to advance the worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom. Freedom House is a leading advocate of the world's young democracies, which are coping with the legacy of statism, dictatorship, and political repression. It conducts an array of U.S. and overseas research, advocacy, education, and training initiatives that promote human rights, democracy, free market economics, the rule of law, independent media, and U.S. engagement in international affairs.

Global Exchange
www.globalexchange.org

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political and social justice. Since its founding in 1988, it has increased the U.S. public's global awareness while building partnerships worldwide.

Guerrilla News Network
www.guerrillanews.com

GNN is an underground independent news organization whose mission is to expose people of all ages to important global issues through innovative programming on the Web and on television. With headquarters in New York City and production facilities in Berkeley, California, and defining themselves as a cutting-edge, underground news service, GNN has grown its critical mass audience from an initial 300 unique visitors/day to currently over 25,000.

Human Rights Campaign
www.hrc.org/

The Human Rights Campaign is a grassroots force of over 500,000 individuals of every description, joined together in common purpose: to become personally involved in the fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Human Rights Education Association
www.hrea.org

HREA is an international non-governmental organization that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

Human Rights First (formerly: The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
www.humanrightsfirst.org

HRF works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. HRF supports human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protects refugees in flight from persecution and repression; helps build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and makes sure human rights laws and principles are enforced in the United States and abroad.

Human Rights in China (Organization)
iso.hrichina.org/iso/

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is an international non-governmental organization founded by Chinese scientists and scholars in March 1989. The mission is to promote universally recognized human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in China. HRIC believes human rights are universal and indivisible. This includes all rights recognized by international human rights instruments, including political and civil rights, and economic, social and cultural rights.

Human Rights Net (a project of Human Rights Education Association)
www.human-rights.net

The aim of this site is to provide a platform for human rights organizations and networks. Here you will find the homepages of non-governmental organizations and information on their activities and publications.

Human Rights Project (Bard College)
www.bard.edu/hrp

The Human Rights Project is Bard's innovative effort to examine the theory and practice of human rights through teaching, research, and public programs. The project is interdisciplinary and humanities-based, with a focus on the philosophical foundations and the political mechanisms of human rights, and a special interest in freedom of expression, the public sphere, and media. The Project's main emphasis is on forging links between the human rights movement and the academic world, including activists, faculty, and the undergraduates who might otherwise not find ways to develop and apply their interest in human rights.

Human Rights Video Project
www.humanrightsproject.org

The MacArthur and Ford Foundations funded the National Video Resources organization to create the Human Rights Video Project. It is a national project in which 300 public libraries across the U.S. and Canada will each receive videos and support materials at no cost for use in planning and presenting documentary film screenings on human rights topics. The project has been launched by in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office to increase the public's awareness of human rights issues through the medium of documentary films.

Human Rights Watch
www.hrw.org

Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization based in the United States. Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, HRW is an independent, non-governmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. More than 150 lawyers, journalists, academics, and country experts of many nationalities and diverse backgrounds work for HRW around the world. HRW often join forces with human rights groups from other countries to further common goals. Web site can be used for a variety of research needs including finding information about geographic regions and global issues.

Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Project
www.hrw.org/children/

Human Rights Watch established the Children's Rights Division in 1994 to monitor human rights abuses against children around the world and to campaign to end them, take on abuses carried out or tolerated by governments and, when appropriate, by armed opposition groups.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
hrw.org/iff/

In recognition of the power of film to educate and galvanize a broad constituency of concerned citizens, Human Rights Watch created the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival to advance public education on human rights issues and concerns using the unique medium of film. HRWIFF has become a leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme.

Human Rights Web
www.hrweb.org

Early web-based introduction to human rights topics, documents, and education.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
www.iglhrc.org/site/iglhrc/

The mission of IGLHRC is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A U.S.-based nonprofit, non-governmental organization IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible For Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed In the Territory Of Former Yugoslavia Since 1991
www1.umn.edu/humanrts/icty/statute.html

The International Tribunal shall have the power to prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991 in accordance with the provisions of the present Statute.

Kensington Welfare Rights Union
www.kwru.org

KWRU is a multi-racial organization of, by and for poor and homeless people, believing that in the right to thrive – not just survive. KWRU is dedicated to organizing welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice. From Kensington, the poorest neighborhood in North Philadelphia, KWRU came together to do three basic things: speak to the issues which directly affect their lives, help each other, and all poor people get what they need to survive, andorganize a broad-based movement to end poverty.

MediaRights
www.mediarights.org

MediaRights, a nonprofit organization, helps media makers, educators, librarians, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary social issues. This nonprofit community web site is designed to help find and use social issue documentary films, organize events around a specific film, or make more meaningful films about issues in your community.

Mennonite Central Committee
www.mcc.org

MCC is a relief, service, and peace agency of the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. MCC reflects the biblical call to care for the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, the sick and those in prison. The MCC Resource Library provides videos, printed and display materials to groups and individuals on the issues and areas in which MCC works.

Mental Disabilities Rights International
www.mdri.org

Established in 1993, MDRI documents conditions, publishes reports on human rights enforcement, and promotes international oversight of the rights of people with mental disabilities. Drawing on the skills and experience of attorneys, mental health professionals, human rights advocates, people with mental disabilities and their family members, MDRI trains and supports advocates seeking legal and service system reform and assists governments to develop laws and policies to promote community integration and human rights enforcement for people with mental disabilities.

National Coalition for Haitian Rights (New York)
www.nchr.org

Established as the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees in 1982 by a coalition of 42 U.S. and Haitian religious, labor and human rights organizations, NCHR aims to assure that Haitian asylum applicants receive fair hearings in the United States and educate the U.S. public about the political and economic causes of the Haitians' flight from their homeland.

National Disabled Students Union
www.aboutdisability.com/pages/ndsuadvoc.html

National Disabled Students Union is a national, cross-disability, student organization founded in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the enforcement of Title I of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

National Video Resources
www.nvr.org

NVR is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. The goal of NVR is to assist in increasing the public's awareness of and access to independently produced media and film and video as well as motion media delivered through the new digital technologies. NVR believes these works, documentaries as well as narrative, experimental and educational films and videos, provide important visions of diversity and individual expression that contribute unique perspectives to our culture. These works can create a powerful, shared experience among those who view them and often lead to reflection, discussion and action. NVR designs and implements projects that help enable individuals and organizations such as public libraries, colleges and universities, and other nonprofits to acquire and use independent film and video.

OneWorld
www.oneworld.net/article/frontpage/10/3

OneWorld is a fast-growing civil society network online, supporting people's media to help build a more just global society. The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces content in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalized peoples in the global debate.

Organization of African Unity (OAU) / African Union (AU)
www.dfa.gov.za/foreign/Multilateral/africa/oau.htm

The OAU aims to promote the unity and solidarity of African States; co-ordinate and intensify their co-operation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa; defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence; eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa; promote international co-operation, giving due regard to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and co-ordinate and harmonize members' political, diplomatic, economic, educational, cultural, health, welfare, scientific, technical and defense policies.

Peace Brigades International
www.peacebrigades.org/index.html

PBI is an organization offering unarmed international protective accompaniment to individuals, organizations, and communities threatened with violence and human rights abuses. PBI is a non-governmental organization which when invited, sends teams of volunteers into areas of repression and conflict. The volunteers accompany human rights defenders, their organizations and others threatened by political violence.

Physicians for Human Rights
www.phrusa.org

PHR promotes health by protecting human rights, believing that human rights are essential preconditions for the health and well-being of all people. Using medical and scientific methods, PHR investigates and exposes violations of human rights worldwide, supports institutions that hold perpetrators of human rights abuses, including health professionals, accountable for their actions. PHR educates health professionals and medical, public health and nursing students. It also organizes them to become active in supporting a movement for human rights, thus contributing to the creation of a culture of human rights awareness and activism in the medical and scientific professions.

Prison Activist Resource Center
www.prisonactivist.org

PARC is committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the criminal injustice system and to encourage anti-racism on an individual basis and throughout our organization. PARC provides support for educators, activists, prisoners, and prisoners' families, building networks for action and producing materials that expose human rights violations while challenging the expansion of the prison industrial complex.

Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network
www.balkansnet.org/raccoon.html

Reconciliation and Culture Cooperative Network (RACCOON) is a nonprofit organization interested in providing space for like-minded people dedicated to conflict resolution among ethnic groups, particularly in post-Yugoslav societies, by means of contemporary culture exchange programs. While acknowledging the inability to eradicate all scars of ethnic cleansing, RACCOON aims to strike back at the politically manipulated cultural patterns, which helped support ethnic cleansing programs.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
rawa.fancymarketing.net/index.html

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice in Afghanistan. RAWA's objective is to involve Afghan women in social and political activities aimed at acquiring women's human rights and contributing to the struggle for the establishment of a government based on democratic and secular values in Afghanistan. RAWA very soon became involved in widespread activities in different socio-political arenas including education, health and income generation as well as political agitation.

Rights and Democracy
www.ichrdd.ca/frame2.iphtml?langue=0

Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development) is a non-partisan organization with an international mandate. It was created by Canada's Parliament in 1988 to encourage and support the universal values of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions and practices around the world. Rights & Democracy works with individuals, organizations and governments in Canada and abroad to promote the human and democratic rights defined in the United Nations' International Bill of Human Rights.

SOA Watch
www.soaw.org/new

On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their co-worker and her teenage daughter were massacred in El Salvador. A U.S. Congressional Task Force reported that those responsible were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, Georgia. SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

South African Human Rights Commission
www.sahrc.org.za

Recognizing that the protection and promotion of human rights cannot be left to individuals or the government, the South African Constitution created independent national institutions, subject only to the Constitution and the law, to transform their society from its unjust past and to deliver the fundamental rights in the Constitution and the Human Rights Commission Act of 1994 to all in South Africa. The SAHRC works with the government, civil society and individuals, both nationally and abroad, to fulfill its constitutional mandate and serves as both a watchdog and a visible route through which people can access their rights.

Street Law
streetlaw.org

Street Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human rights. Through its philosophy and programs, Street Law empowers people to transform democratic ideals into citizen action. Street Law's programs do not end at the door of the classroom. Each student gains essential lessons that can be used for life. The program began at Georgetown University Law Center more than 20 years ago when law students developed a practical law course that was taught in public schools, and since has also brought its educational message of law, democracy, and human rights to countries around the world.

Sweatshop Watch
www.sweatshopwatch.org

Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of over 30 labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious and student organizations, and many individuals, committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops. Sweatshop Watch serves low-wage workers nationally and globally, with a focus on garment workers in California. They believe that workers should earn a living wage in a safe, decent work environment, and that those responsible for the exploitation of sweatshop workers must be held accountable.

Tibet Information Network
www.tibetinfo.net

TIN is the only independent, comprehensive news and research service in the world specializing in Tibet. TIN monitors and reports on the political, social, economic, environmental and human rights situation in Tibet today. TIN's main objective is to provide an accurate, impartial news and information service for journalists, development agencies, human rights groups, governments, NGOs and international organizations as well as academics and other interested parties, balancing official statements from Beijing, Lhasa and Dharamsala with reliable first-hand testimony from Tibetans themselves.

Treatment Action Campaign
www.tac.org.za

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was launched on December 10, 1998, International Human Rights Day. Its main objective is to campaign for greater access to treatment for all South Africans, by raising public awareness and understanding about issues surrounding the availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments. TAC campaigns against the view that AIDS is a 'death sentence.' Resources debunking AIDS denialists are included.

United Nations Development Programme
www.undplao.org

UNDP is the United Nation's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries working with them for their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
www.unhchr.ch

The United Nations espouses a vision of a world in which the human rights of all are fully respected and enjoyed in conditions of global peace. The High Commissioner is charged to keep that vision to the forefront through constant encouragement of the international community and its member States to uphold universally agreed human rights standards. It is also the role of the Office to alert governments and the world community to the reality that these standards are often ignored or unfulfilled, and to be a voice for the victims of human rights violations everywhere. It is also the Office's role to press the international community to take the steps to prevent violations and support the right to development.

United States Institute of Peace
www.usip.org

The USIP has been created as an independent, nonpartisan federal institution by the U.S. Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The USIP meets its congressional mandate through an array of programs, research grants, fellowships, professional training, education programs, conferences and workshops, library services, and publications. The Institute's Board of Directors is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
www1.umn.edu/humanrts/hrcenter.htm

The UM Human Rights Center was inaugurated December 1988 on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principal focus of the Center is to help train effective human rights professionals and volunteers. The Center assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators through five primary programs. The UMHRC houses one of the largest collections of more than ten thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to thousands of links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites.

Veterans for Peace, Inc.
www.veteransforpeace.org

Veterans for Peace is a national organization founded in 1985 by veterans who were disturbed by the militancy of the United States and its violent intervention in the affairs of other nations. Members working together for peace and justice through non-violence.

Verite: Verification in Trade and Ethics
www.verite.org/home.html

Verité's mission is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal conditions. Verité is an independent, non-profit social auditing and research organization established in 1995. Their mission is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal working conditions. Where Verité auditors identify exploitation of workers or health and safety violations in the workplace, they develop concrete steps to correct them through a combination of trainings for management and workers, education programs and remediation programs. Verite's experience and links with non-governmental organizations span over 65 countries.

WITNESS
www.witness.org

Witness advances human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology. In partnership with more than 150 non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders in 50 countries, WITNESS strengthens grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the United Nations, as a tool for public education, and as a deterrent to further abuse. WITNESS also gives local groups a global voice by distributing their video to the media and on the Internet, and by helping to educate and activate an international audience around their causes. WITNESS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization supported through a combination of foundation grants, private donations, and pro bono goods and services.

WITNESS Human Rights Footage Archive
www.witness.org/int.html?video/index.html

The Witness Archive consists of more than 1,000 hours of raw footage documenting a vast range of international human rights abuses. Shot by local human rights defenders from nearly 50 countries, this material features first-hand testimonies, interviews and imagery about rights violations and conflict sites around the world. Many of these locally based human rights organizations have entrusted this material to WITNESS to safeguard, preserve, and disseminate to the public in order to raise awareness of their important advocacy initiatives.

Women's Human Rights Net
www.whrnet.org/index.php

WHRnet is a project of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). Founded in 1997, WHRnet aims to provide reliable, comprehensive, and timely information and analyses on women's human rights in English, Spanish and French. WHRnet updates readers on women's human rights issues and policy developments globally and provides information and analyses that support advocacy actions. The site provides an introduction to women's human rights issues worldwide; an overview of UN/Regional Human Rights Systems; a Research Tool that serves as gateway to the best available online resources relevant to Women's human rights advocacy; and a comprehensive collection of related Links.

Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice (Formerly Women's Caucus for Gender Justice) (New York)
www.iccwomen.org

The Caucus is a network of individuals and groups committed to strengthening advocacy on women's human rights and helping to develop greater capacity among women in the use of International Criminal Court, the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other mechanisms that provide women avenues of and access to different systems of justice.

Working for Change
www.workingforchange.com

Working for Change is an online journal of progressive news and opinion published by Working Assets, established to help busy people make a difference in the world through everyday activities. Every time customers use one of Working Assets' donation-linked services, the company donates a portion of the customer's bill to nonprofit groups working to build a world that is more just, humane, and environmentally sustainable.

        

 

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