Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) - The ILRC is a bridge between attorney and paraprofessional advocates who represent immigrants and the complicated and specialized legal issues that challenge their clients.
Indonesia Human Rights Network (IHRN) - A U.S.-based grassroots organization working to educate and activate the American public and influence U.S. foreign policy and international economic interests to support democracy, demilitarization, and justice through accountability and rule of law in Indonesia. IHRN seeks to end armed forces repression in Indonesia by exposing it to international scrutiny. IHRN works with and advocates on behalf of people throughout the Indonesian archipelago to strengthen civil society.
Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights - A human rights organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of internationally recognized worker rights in the global economy. The Institute is headquartered in Pittsburgh with regional offices in Dhaka and San Salvador and research/advocacy partnerships in China, Jordan, Central America and South Asia.
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) - Monitors, observes and analyses the political transformation in South Africa with a specific focus on the process of reconciliation and nation-building. Supports and facilitates the process of reconciliation and social transformation by understanding the perspectives of victims, perpetrators and beneficiaries. Promotes cooperation and dialogue with other countries in transition, especially elsewhere in Africa.
Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) - The Institute has maintained a strong commitment to developing research and publication projects that directly support grassroots organizing, especially efforts for corporate and government accountability. It has helped launch such organizations as the Brown Lung Association, Southerners for Economic Justice, the Georgia Power Project, and the Gulf Tenants Leadership Development Project. The Institute has also examined the southern contribution to culture and social change, from gospel music and the blues to the civil rights movement and community organizing. Since 1973, the Institute's journal, Southern Exposure, has gained critical praise for its thorough investigations, unsentimental portraits of Southern life, and resources for change. From its first issue on the military in the South through its book-length issue on the Klan, economic development, the nuclear industry, and regional theater, the magazine has remained in high demand among organizers and trainers.
Institute of Race Relations (IRR) - The IRR's reputation is built on its investigations and analyses into pressing issues of contemporary British racism. These investigations have covered such areas as racism and the press, police racism, exclusions from school, deaths in custody, the plight of asylum seekers, anti-Muslim racism, the impact of anti-terrorist legislation and attacks on multiculturalism. The IRR also conducts research on racism in other European countries, examining the rise of racial violence and extreme-Right parties, asylum and immigration policies, human rights violations, policing and security policies and the 'integration debate'.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) - One of two bodies in the inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The other human rights body is the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The IACHR is an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS).
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) - FIDH's mandate is to act effectively and practically to ensure the respect of all the rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the civil and political rights, but also the economic, social and cultural rights. FIDH was set up in 1922. It is now a federation of 116 human rights organisations in nearly 100 countries. It co-ordinates and supports their activities and provides them with a voice at the international level.
International League for Human Rights - Works to keep human rights at the forefront of international affairs and to give meaning and effect to the human rights values enshrined in international human rights treaties and conventions. The League's special mission for 65 years has been defending individual human rights advocateswho have risked their lives to promote the ideals of a just and civil society in their homelands.
International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) - Defends the civil right of all people to worship or not to worship, to adopt a religion or belief of their choice, to manifest their religious convictions in observance, promulgation, and teaching, subject only to the respect for the equivalent rights of others; supports the right of religious organizations to operate freely in every country by their establishing and owning charitable or educational institutions; organizes local, regional, and national chapters as well as seminars, and congresses.
International Women Peace Service-Palestine - An international team of 16 women based in Hares, a village in the Salfit Governate of Palestine's West Bank. The IWPS-Palestine provides written and photographic documentation of human rights abuses in the Salfit and work with independent media and outside press to highlight human rights abuses.
Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace - IFCO/Pastors for Peace is a special ministry of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, created in 1988 to pioneer the delivery of humanitarian aid to Latin America and the Carribean. Since then, many thousands of people have participated in 33 caravans to Mexico and Central America, and 11 to Cuba.
International League for Human Rights (ILHR) - The League's special mission for 60 years has been defending individual human rights advocates who have risked their lives to promote the ideals of a just and civil society in their homelands.
Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) - The public and legal advocacy arm of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism. The Center's mission is to advance religious freedom and pluralism, tolerance, social justice and civil liberties in Israel, based on the belief that these values are intrinsic to and stem from a liberal understanding of Judaism.
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) - A non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. As activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, ICAHD expanded its resistance activities to other areas - land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of "closure" and "separation," the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more.
Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists - Some of its components, including copies of records of the Montgomery Improvements Association (MIA) and many hours of oral history of the renowned cival liberties lawyer Clifford Durr, complement major holdings in other American archives. Other components of the Rabin Collection are unique. These include an updated filmed interview of Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture) in Montgomery; 450 black-and-white photographs created by the Subversive Unit of the Investigative and Identification Division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety in the course of sit-ins, demonstrations, and marches in several Alabama cities during the early to mid-1960s; and surveillance tapes preserving speeches made variously at an anniversary meeting of the MIA in 1963, at the conclusion of the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965, and in Bessemer and Birmingham, Alabama, in the course of the Poor People's Campaign of 1968. Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy are among many leading lights of the civil rights movement heard on these tapes.
Jasenovac Research Institute (JRI) - A human rights organization and research institute committed to establishing the truth about the Holocaust in Yugoslavia and dedicated to the search for justice for its victims. The JRI promotes research and activities designed to enlighten the world to the crimes of genocide committed at Jasenovac and wartime Yugoslavia against Serbs, Jews and Romas and provides assistance to all groups and individuals who likewise seek justice for these victims.
Jerusalem Center for Women - A Palestinian non-governmental women's center located in East Jerusalem. The central goal of JCW is to advance Palestinian women's rights - and the status and involvement of women within Palestinian society. JCW is also committed to the protection of human rights, and the realization of a Middle East peace based on justice.
Just Associates - A global women-led human rights network of activists, popular educators and scholars in 31 countries. Dedicated to strengthening the voice, visibility, and collective organizing power of women.
KARAPATAN - The major and most militant human rights alliance in the Philippines. It is made up of human rights institutions and the rights desks of people's organizations, and the regional and provincial HR formations all over the country.
King Center - Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America's nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace in the 1950s and 60s.
Lambda Legal - A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
Latinamerican Press - A on-profit, non-governmental organization based in Lima, Peru, specializing in the production of information and analysis about events across Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on human rights.
Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) - A committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law by providing support internationally to human rights defenders in danger.
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) - The LCCR was founded in 1950 by three giants of the civil rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. It is the nation's premier civil rights coalition, and has coordinated the national legislative campaign on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.
Legacy Project - A gathering place for people interested in the enduring legacies of the many violent traumas of the 20th century. We are dedicated to exploring issues of remembrance in different cultures, in order to better understand the contemporary significance of historical tragedy.
Liberty - One of the UK's leading human rights and civil liberties organisations, fighting since 1934 to secure equal rights for everyone.
Living with Drones - Much of the public debate about drone strikes in Pakistan has focused narrowly on whether strikes are 'doing their job'-i.e., whether the majority of those killed are "militants." That framing, however, fails to take account of the people on the ground who live with the daily presence of lethal drones in their skies and with the constant threat of drone strikes in their communities. This Stanford Law School website aims to remedy this, providing information about life under drones and the socio-economic impacts of drone strikes on civilians in North Waziristan as well as an overview of the debate about the legality of the US targeted killing program and drone campaign in Pakistan under both international and US domestic law.
Machsomwatch: Women for Human Rights - Founded in January 2001 in response to repeated reports in the press about human rights abuses of Palestinians crossing army and border police checkpoints. The goals of the group are threefold:
To monitor the behaviour of soldiers and police at checkpoints
To ensure that the human and civil rights of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel are protected
To record and report the results of our observations to the widest possible audience, from the decision-making level to that of the general public.
MADRE - An international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with women's community-based groups in conflict areas worldwide. Our programs address issues of sustainable development, community improvement and women's health; violence and war; discrimination and racism; self-determination and collective rights; women's leadership development; and human rights education.
MAG-Net - A local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots community organizations working together for media change to end poverty, eliminate racism, and ensure human rights.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) - An organization of Afrikans in America/New Afrikans whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in our community.
Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas - A grassroots organization that has achieved local, national, and international recognition for its positive contribution to ending human rights abuses in Central America.
Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders - Prize money of at least 20'000 Swiss Francs is to be used for further work in the field of human rights. The Martin Ennals Foundation is a unique collaboration among ten of the world's leading human rights NGOs, who form the jury: Amnesty International; Human Rights Watch; International Federation of Human Rights; World Organisation Against Torture; Front Line; International Commission of Jurists; Human Rights First; International Service for Human Rights; Diakonie Germany; HURIDOCS.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination - MLK assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. On June 10, 1968, James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee state penitentiary. Also see US Department of Justice investigation pages.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project(Stanford University) - The King Papers Project's principal mission is to publish a definitive fourteen-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.
Memorial - A movement which arose in the years of perestroika. Its main task was the awakening and preservation of the societal memory of the severe political persecution in the recent past of the Soviet Union. Memorial is information about the violation of human rights on the territory of the former Soviet Union. This information is valued highly not only by international human rights organizations, but also by international organizations, such as the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Memorial is the undertaking of risky observation missions to "hot spots" on the territory of the CIS. Memorial is mountains of factual material, collected in regions of armed conflict. It is painstaking verification and analysis of the collected material, and the preparation and publication of reports on the conditions in Nagorno-Karabakh, Tajikistan, Transdnistria, in the zone of Ossetian-Ingushetian conflict, and, finally, in Chechnya. Memorial is the initiator for the formation of an anti-war front, memorably uniting more than 100 social and political organizations in January 1995. Memorial is an organization for social and legal counseling for refugees and displaced persons in many regions of Russia. It is the collection of information about current political prisoners on the territory of the former Soviet Union. It is an ongoing struggle against ethnic discrimination. Memorial is protests, meetings, and miscellaneous publications that seek to protect freedoms and peace.
Mexico Solidarity Network - A coalition of 88 organizations struggling for democracy, economic justice and human rights on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Archives - Includes the best legal briefs, transcripts, and motions in cases reported in the civil liberties docket since 1955. For the law profession, these materials have served as a major resource for lawyers involved in civil liberties cases anywhere in the United States. The Archives, originally a component of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Library, builds upon the pioneering work of attorney and civil rights activist Ann Fagan Ginger who conceived of an organization to foster effective, innovative legal research, writing, and courtroom strategies to be shared among all lawyers and clients in the constitutional law fields of civil liberties, due process, and civil rights. In 1964 she described her idea to the great civil libertarian Alexander Meiklejohn, who gave his permission for the use of his name.
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies - Collects and disseminates knowledge created by researchers about the historical origins of the mass killings that have become such a prominent part of the twentieth century. The Institute accomplishes its mission through research, teaching, workshops, conferences, and publications.
Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) - Assists human rights observation and democracy development in Russia, revealing human rights violations and exercising pressure on authorities to make them fulfill international obligations in the human rights sphere.
Movement for Black Lives, The - In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. For each of the 30+ policies in the document, policy briefs describe the steps that must be taken to get closer to liberation.
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) - A national organization of family members of both homicide and state killings who oppose the death penalty in all cases. Our mission is to abolish the death penalty. It advocates programs and policies that reduce the rate of homicide and promote crime prevention and alternatives to violence and supports programs that address the needs of victims, helping them to rebuild their lives.
National Action Network (NAN) - Founded in 1991 by Rev. Al Sharpton. A civil rights organization whose mission is to be the voice of empowerment for the disenfranchised throughout America.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - The oldest and largest civil rights organization in the U.S., whose legacy includes the work of pioneers such as W.E.B DuBois, Thurgood Marshall and Roy Wilkens. From investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, the tenacity of NAACP members has saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.
National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) - Opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on the human rights movement worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs.
National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR) - Internationally recognized for its in-depth knowledge of the human rights situation in Haiti and has been a primary source of information and testimony for inquiries of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, the U.S. Congress and other influential bodies.
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) - A coalition of national and local organizations as well as prominent individuals, whose mission is: To educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms and to defend those rights according to the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its related UN Conventions, and the Geneva Conventions.
NYC Surveillance Camera Project - A small but dedicated group of New York Civil Liberties Union volunteers walked the streets of Manhattan in search of video surveillance cameras. This group sought out every camera, public or private, which records people in public space. From the records they made of the camera locations, the volunteers produced a comprehensive map of all 2,397 surveillance cameras in Manhattan. Clearly, video surveillance cameras have arrived on the streets of New York City.
Online Policy Group (OPG) - Dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the digital divide. Additionally, it focuses on Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities.
Open Society Justice Initiative - Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies.
Stop The Wall - The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.
Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) - Founded in in December 1996 in response to the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights under the newly established Palestinian Authority. The PHRMG documents human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, regardless of who is responsible. In effect, the PHRMG has dedicated much of its work to the monitoring of human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian Indpendent Commission for Citizens' Rights (PICCR) - Founded in 1994, following a decree by Yasser Arafat, to serve as a human rights ombudsman. Its mandate is concentrated on ensuring respect for citizens' rights in Palestine through constantly striving to uphold respect for the rule of law by all official bodies.
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund(PCJF) - A public interest legal organization based in Washington, D.C., that handles a broad range of complex constitutional rights litigation matters including First Amendment litigation, employment and public accommodation discrimination cases, economic justice issues and defense of targeted communities and political organizations and activists.
Pat Finucane Centre for Human Rights and Social Change (PFC) - The PFC is named in memory of Pat Finucane, a human rights lawyer from Belfast who was murdered in front of his wife and children on 12 February 1989 by the pro-British UDA. Finucane had successfully challenged the British Government over several important human rights cases. One of those involved in his murder, Brian Nelson, was working for the Force Research Unit an undercover unit of British Military Intelligence.
Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense and Education Fund (PCJ-LDEF) - The Fund provides and supports exclusively charitable and educational activities that secure and advance civil rights under the law, and that work towards the elimination of discrimination and prejudice. Founded by Carl Messineo and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, experienced civil rights attorneys practicing in Washington, D.C.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) - Mobilizes the health professions and enlists support from the general public to protect and promote the human rights of all people.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) - Strives to promote a more fair and inclusive society in which the right to health is applied equally for all. It is PHR-Israel's view that Israel's prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason it opposes the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it.
Planned Parenthood - Believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.
Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) - A civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups in 1989-90. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC sponsors social science research, provides technical assistance, and convenes advocates and researchers around particular race and poverty issues. PRRAC also supports public education efforts, including the bimonthly newsletter/journal Poverty & Race, and the award-winning civil rights history curriculum guide, Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching (co-published with Teaching for Change).
Press for Change: TransEquality - A political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transgender people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change.
Project SALAM - Devoted to researching and documenting the likelihood that the United States Justice Department's post-9/11 terrorism-related prosecutions and convictions have included a significant number of Muslims who were in fact innocent of any crime. Other cases were severely overcharged and/or over sentenced.
Project to Enforce the Geneva Convention (PEGC) - This project seeks the appointment of a special prosecutor to enforce the Geneva conventions and 18 USC 2441 (war crimes) in regard to the Bush administration's current policies and actions regarding captured enemy combatants and civilians.
Project on Extrajudicial Executions - Provides information about Professor Philip Alston's work during his mandate as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (August 2004-July 2010). It carried out factual, legal, and policy research into issues related to unlawful killings around the world.
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) - In September 1999, in response to PCATI's petition, nine justices of the Israeli High Court ruled to absolutely prohibit the use of torture during interrogation. The PCATI, an independent human rights organization founded in 1990, monitors the implementation of this ruling in detention centers and continues the struggle against the use of torture in interrogation in Israel and the Palestinian Authority through legal means, support of relevant legislation and through an information campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the subject.
Quixote Center - A non-profit justice and peace organization whose mission is to work for structural change in church and society, tracing its roots to the Gospel and the Catholic social justice tradition.
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) - RHR was founded in 1988, in response to serious abuses of human rights by the Israeli military authorities in the suppression of the Intifada. The indifference of much of the country's religious leadership and religiously identified citizenry to the suffering of innocent people seen as the enemy is a cause of concern to RHR's organizers. Both the religious and the non-religious sectors of the public need to be reminded that Judaism has another face. Human rights abuses are not compatible with the age-old Jewish tradition of humaneness and moral responsibility or the Biblical concern for "the stranger in your midst" - even in the face of the danger to public order and safety which the uprising represented.
Refugee Caselaw Site - The site collects, indexes, and publishes selected recent court decisions that interpret the legal definition of a "refugee." It contains cases from the highest national courts of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Raise Hope for Congo - A campaign of the Enough Project, aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who will advocate for the human rights of all Congolese citizens and work towards ending the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo.
Reporting Civil Rights - Volume 1 collects newspaper reports, magazine articles, book excerpts, the book Segregation by Robert Penn Warren, and one wire service article, published between 1941 and 1965 and dealing with events connected with the African-American civil rights movement in the period between May 1941 and July 1963. Volume 2 collects newspaper reports, magazine articles, and book excerpts, published between 1963 and 1973 and dealing with events connected with the African-American civil rights movement in the period between August 1963 and August 1973. Published by the Library of America.
Reprieve - Provides frontline investigation and legal representation to prisoners denied justice by powerful governments across the world, especially those governments that should be upholding the highest standards when it comes to fair trials.
Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) - Focused on a consistent support of our universal human rights in all parts of the world, with emphasis on defying religious supremacism, racial supremacism, misogyny, and totalitarianism.
Sentencing Project, The - An independent source of criminal justice policy analysis, data and program information for the public and policy-makers.
Social Accountability International (SAI) - A non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. It partners to advance the human rights of workers and to eliminate sweatshops by promoting ethical working conditions, labor rights, corporate social responsibility and social dialogue. The SA8000 standard is the central document of the work performed at SAI. It is one of the world's first auditable social certification standards for decent workplaces, across all industrial sectors.
Southern Center for Human Rights - The Center is a non-profit, public interest legal project, founded in 1976, to enforce the constitutional protection against "cruel and unusual punishment" by challenging excessive and degrading forms of punishment and cruel and inhuman conditions of confinement.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) - A movement growing out of the deep tradition and long history of struggle for basic human rights, grounded in the philosophy of nonviolent resistance, and based on the lives and teachings of leaders such as Jesus Christ and Mohandas Gandhi.
Speak Truth to Power - Hosting events and initiatives to increase awareness about human rights and the individuals making a difference at local and global levels. In concert with organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, the RFK Memorial, and on-line groups like Speakout.com. E-share, and Screaming Media, this site presents a series of chats, webcasts, on-line exhibtions, exclusive interviews and reports from Human Rights Defenders in the field, and on-line tools such as polls, petitions, and other action opportunities.
Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) - Provides information about and resources for victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence, and individuals involved in the sex trade and those thinking of or having left prostitution.
Statewatch - Monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union.
Syrian Human Rights Committee - Exposes violations, assaults and aggressions against human rights and fundamental liberties of Syrian citizens, publishing such incidents to the international media, addressing authorities, and following-up on such reports with all concerned.
Teaching Tolerance - Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.
Texas Civil Rights Project - Provides free legal assistance and education to low-income individuals whose civil rights have been violated. Based in Austin, Texas.
Truth Commissions Digital Collection - Truth commissions are bodies established to research and report on human rights abuses over a certain period of time in a particular country or in relation to a particular conflict. The list of truth commissions at this site describes the establishment, mandate, composition, and report of such bodies.
U.S. Department of Education: Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. These civil rights laws enforced by OCR extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. Areas covered may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing, and employment.
U.S. Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights - The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
U.S. Human Rights Network - Promotes U.S. accountability to universal human rights standards by building linkages between organizations, as well as individuals, working on human rights issues in the United States.
Uganda Law Society - Seeking to strengthen collaboration with the Government of Uganda, the Judiciary and the Legislature on all matters affecting legislation, human rights, rule of law, good governance and the administration and practice of law in Uganda.
United Nations Human Rights Council - An inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. Also see Sessions page. The Human Rights Council holds no fewer than three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).
United Nations Human Rights Page - Virtually every United Nations body and specialized agency is involved to some degree in the protection of human rights. One of the great achievements of the United Nations is the creation of a comprehensive body of human rights law, which, for the first time in history, provides a universal and internationally protected code of human rights, one to which all nations can subscribe and to which all people can aspire.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation - Having access to safe drinking water and sanitation is central to living a life in dignity and upholding human rights. Yet billions of people still do not enjoy these fundamental rights. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation was established to examine such issues and provide recommendations to Governments, to the United Nations and other stakeholders. Catarina de Albuquerque was appointed in September 2008, and began her work on the mandate in November 2008.
United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) - The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Here you will find the most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948. Over 300 different language versions are available in HTML, PDF and graphical forms.
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) - A unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
USA PATRIOT Act (H.R. 3162) - Full text of legislation "to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes." Also see ACLU's Reform the Patriot Act page.
Voice of Roma (VoR) - It is VoR's mission to promote and present Romani cultural arts and traditions in a way that counters both romanticized and negative Gypsy stereotypes, and in so doing, to contribute to the preservation of Romani identity and culture. VoR also works to heighten awareness of human rights issues faced by Roma in today's world, and to support efforts by Roma to (re)build and maintain their communities, improve their lives, and to strengthen the Romani voice both nationally and internationally.
War and International Humanitarian Law - International humanitarian law is the body of rules which, in wartime, protects people who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities. Its central purpose is to limit and prevent human suffering in times of armed conflict. The rules are to be observed not only by governments and their armed forces, but also by armed opposition groups and any other parties to a conflict. The four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their two Additional Protocols of 1977 are the principal instruments of humanitarian law. Maintained by the ICRC.
War Crimes - A report on United States war crimes against Iraq to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal by Ramsey Clark and others.
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) - Promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad.
Watching the Watchdogs - Richard Kewefe's blog, analyzing and reporting on the words and actions of the Hate Industry.
We Shall Overcome - Study the history of the civil rights movement and make virtual visits to the sites where the campaign for equality took place.
Welfare Law Center - Works with and on behalf of low-income people to ensure that adequate income support - public funding provided on the basis of need - is available whenever and to the extent necessary to meet basic needs and foster healthy human and family development.
Witness - Uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.
Witness For Peace - Working for human rights, peace, justice, and sustainable economies through socially responsible travel, personal experience, popular education, and grassroots activism.
Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) - Organization supporting Palestinian women whose human rights have been violated. Defends women's rights as human rights and seeks to promote the development of a social, political and legal order in which human rights are well respected and women's rights are well protected.
Women for Afghan Women - A collective of Afghan and non-Afghan women from the New York area who are committed to ensuring the human rights of Afghan women.
Women's Human Rights Net (WHRnet) - An international network of women's human rights organizations that seeks the effective utilization of all available information and communication technologies (ICTs) toward the advancement of women's human rights.
World Conference against Racism (WCAR) Home Page - Key issues for the WCAR: colonialism and slavery; discrimination in the global economy; racial discrimination and conflict; racism and xenophobia; gender discrimination; and discrimination against indigenous people.
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - OMCT is to-day the largest international coalition of NGOs fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
Yesh Din - Volunteers who have organized to oppose the continuing violation of Palestinian human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
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