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- Human Rights Watch: Organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, standing with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime. Investigates and exposes human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. In English with versions in six other languages.
- Advocates for Religious Rights and Freedoms: ARRF is a consociation of ministers of the International Community of Christ that seeks to preserve, protect and defend freedom of religion and to protect the right of individuals to religious expression.
- Amnesty International USA Group 133: Boston-area activists, presently working on the death penalty, environment, and refugee issues, as well as the situation in the Andes, Tibet, and Russia. Site includes meeting and event information, inspirational resources, and related links.
- Andrei Sakharov Archives and Human Rights Center: Papers, photos, audio and video material are kept at this archives hosted by Brandeis University. Information about Sakharov and links to articles and websites.
- Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International: International human and civil rights organization advocating justice for all, for women and children's rights and against all forms of abuse and discrimination.
- Anti-Defamation League: The mission of the ADL is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all citizens alike.
- Campaign for UC Divestment from Israel: University of California divestment petition website. Goal is to pressure Israel to respect the human rights of the Palestinian people.
- Carr Center for Human Rights Policy: Researches policies and actions of governments, international organizations, and independent actors that affect human rights globally.
- Center for Democracy and Human Rights: CDRH presses for improvements in the human rights environment. Site includes daily news updates.
- Center for Economic and Social Rights: An organization that protests economic injustice in the United States and around the world. Information on events and programs, fact sheets and other resources, and how to get involved.
- Center for International Policy: Founded in 1975 by former diplomats and peace activists to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on international cooperation, demilitarization, and respect for basic human rights.
- Chairperson's Note: Global March Against Child Labour: Kailash Satyarthi, Chairperson, Global March Against Child Labour gives his forthright and personal views on child labour, education of children and other related issues on child labour.
- Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights: Represents minority religious and ethnic communities from around the world in opposition to radical Islamic intolerance and violence.
- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative: The CHRI is a non-partisan, independent, international non-governmental organization, mandated to ensure the practical realisation of human rights within the Commonwealth.
- Cook, Scott: A one armed pilot, will make an around the world flight in a restored Beech C45.
- Derechos Human Rights: Internet based international human rights organization, working for the promotion and respect of human rights world-wide.
- Digital Freedom Network: Promotes human rights world-wide, developing new methods of activism with internet technology.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties.
- Electronic Resource Centre for Human Rights Education and Training: An on-line repository of human rights education and training materials, on-line forums, databases and links to other organisations and resources.
- Fair Trade Toronto: A working `group` established by Oxfam's volunteers that advocates for small, poor and disadvantaged producers in developing countries through fair prices and working conditions.
- Focus: HOPE: Non-profit civil and human rights organization based in Detroit that unites a multicultural community in common efforts to overcome injustice and build racial harmony.
- Forefront: This membership network of nearly 60 leading grassroots human rights activists works in 30 different countries to develop effective ways to support and strengthen the work of grassroots human rights defenders by providing them with technical assistance, technology, networking and advocacy.
- François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights: Academic center devoted to health and human rights, based at the Harvard School of Public Health. Programs focus on international health and human rights, humanitarian crises and human rights, and development and human rights.
- Free Human Rights Advocates UK: Supports the oppressed and those whose voices have been suppressed. Exposes those who condone and perpetrate human rights abuses.
- FreeEmigration.com: Highlights regimes with prohibitive emigration policies; promotes the principle of self-ownership central to human rights, and aims to contribute to the abolition of state enslavement.
- Freedom House: Dedicated to promoting free institutions worldwide. Publishes surveys detailing state of civil liberties, political rights, economic freedom, religious freedom, and press freedom around the world.
- Freedom in the World: Ranks all independent countries according their political freedoms and civil rights. Includes links to non-independent territories.
- Friends of Cuban Libraries: Supports intellectual freedom in Cuba.
- Global Human Rights Defence: Promotes human rights throughout the world.
- Global March Against Child Labour: A platform to highlight and feature activists and their organisations working on child labour issues at the grass roots level.
- Guyana Indian Hertiage Association: Promotes the well being, protection of rights, dignity and pride of all Indian Guyanese. Also works to preserve and propagate the Indian cultural heritage.
- Hate-Crime Network: A `resource` for hate crime survivors, and those wanting to help fight hate crimes worldwide.
- Human Rights Brief: A legal `resource` for the international human rights community from the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Washington College of Law.
- Human Rights First.: Works to protect and promote fundamental human rights. Its work is impartial, holding all governments accountable to the standards affirmed in the International Bill of Human Rights. Formerly called Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.
- Human Security Bulletin: Promotes human security research and policy by presenting key research findings and resources on issues such as global security, human rights, the United Nations, and conflicts.
- International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI): Early childhood care, risk, child labour, education, abuse, nonformal education, international development, policy development, programme development, action research, NGO management.
- International Federation of Human Rights Leagues - FIDH: Organization promoting international solidarity for the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments of human rights protection.
- International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights: The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights is a self-governing `group` of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union.
- International Justice Mission: Legal intervention and advocacy on behalf of victims of injustice internationally.
- International League of Human Rights: Campaigns on international human rights issues. The site presents recent human rights news, and contains on-line copies of several reports.
- Journalists for Human Rights (JHR): A Canadian non-profit organization working in training African journalists about human rights.
- Jubilee Action: UK human rights charity supporting aid and awareness programmes for children and families at risk in places such as Burma, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, India and Liberia.
- Jubilee Campaign USA: Advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians throughout the world. Supervises international and regional human rights projects.
- Lawyers' Commission for Human Rights: Works to promote and protect fundamental international human rights. Includes newsletter, media alerts, lawyer-to-lawyer appeals, reports on refugee policy and asylum cases.
- MRG - Minority Rights Group International: Works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperation and understanding between communities.
- MacArthur Justice Center: Non-profit public interest law firm affiliated with the University of Chicago Law School concentrating on cases that raise constitutional or significant issues about criminal justice.
- Magnacartaplus: Promotes civil liberties and provides a watch on any attempts by governments to reduce or interfere with such freedoms.
- Migrants' Rights International (MRI): Information and documents relating to the MRI organization, and its campaign to ratify the 1990 convention for migrants' human rights.
- No Peace Without Justice: An international committee seeking an effective system of international justice. Goals include the development and reform of existing international institutions, to ensure that human rights are enforced, and to campaign for the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
- Nuremberg Human Rights Center: Supports human rights worldwide. Site contains contact information and news from the institute's various areas of activity.
- Office of The Americas: Los Angeles-based organization documenting current events and political activism in North America and Latin America, including human rights, and United States foreign policy.
- Penal Reform International (PRI): Information about PRI's activities worldwide, and its ethos.
- Persecution.org: A human rights organization promoting religious freedom and assisting international Christians who are victims of persecution and discrimination.
- Physicians For Human Rights: Mobilizes health professions and the public to protect the human rights of all people. A founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, PHR shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.
- RESULTS: A nonprofit, grassroots citizens' lobby that identifies sustainable solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty as a human rights issue, in the United States and around the world and working to generate the resources necessary to make those solutions succeed.
- Reporters without Borders: An organization which fights for press freedom and denounces the violations of the human rights all over the world. Multilingual site.
- Rights & Democracy: Canadian institution with an international mandate to promote human rights in four specific fields: women's rights, indigenous peoples' rights, democratic development, globalization. Works in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In English, French and Spanish languages.
- Rights International: US-based group, representing victims of human rights violations in international tribunals where governments violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other treaties.
- Rights and Humanity: Aims to prevent and relieve human suffering by the promotion and realisation of human rights and responsibilities. Based in Suffolk, UK.
- Saving Women's Lives: Family Care International aims to raise awareness of human rights issues pertaining to reproductive health, safe motherhood, poverty and economic development, violence against women, women's social status and education.
- Scholars at Risk Network: Aids scholars outside the United States whose work is threatened by mass or individual displacement, discrimination, censorship, harassment, intimidation, or violence.
- Site for Social Action: Private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending human rights violations, war, corporate greed, genetically modified foods and crops and environmental pollution
- Temping -- A Conflict of Interest: Brief example of the abuse and discrimination of temps and contingent workers with `resource` and advocacy links.
- The Advocacy Project: Supporting community campaigners with information and information technology in their work for social justice, human rights, and peace.
- The Dui Hua Foundation: A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the protection of universally recognized human rights in China and in the United States.
- The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity: This foundation seeks to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice. Established by Elie and Marion Wiesel after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace.
- The Global Witness Foundation: Aims to engage in and support research and investigations into the exploitation of natural resources and funding of human rights abuses.
- The International Commission of Jurists: Organisation dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of human rights. Site features database of trial observations, country reports and interventions. Also includes links to national NGOs and an online resources.
- The Magnus Hirschfeld Centre for Human Rights: Non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary organization engaged in the promotion of human rights and civil liberties under international law.
- The Social Justice Committee: From Montreal, this organization fights poverty and human rights abuses. Education and advocacy for human rights protection in Central America and Mexico, and for economic justice in the Third World.
- The Thomas Paine Project: Promotes and supports range of issues important to the preservation of individual freedom; and attempts to identify and challenge individuals and organizations who would subvert the U.S. Bill of Rights for personal, private or political gain.
- Universal Rights Network: Created to promote the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- WMD (Web Monitoring & Documentation): A human rights defenders' initiatives to monitor and provide online documentation on the deliberations of the UN Commission on Human Rights.
- Witness: Uses video and other technology to fight for human rights. Group works in partnership with activists around the world to document abuses and bring evidence before courts, governments, the media, and the world.
- World Commission For Peace and Human Rights Council: Addresses human rights generally, also landmines, and biological/chemical weapons.
- World Goodwill: Working for Right Human Relations and world peace under the auspiciousness of Goodwill.
- World Organisation Against Torture: International coalition of NGOs fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Site features press releases, urgent appeals and the International Observatory of the Protection of Human Right Defenders.
- Youth Coalition: An international coalition of young people committed to promoting adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive rights at the national, regional and international levels.
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