HUMAN RIGHTS RESOURCES

1. Action Against Hunger :
Action Against Hunger's mission is to save lives by combating hunger, malnutrition, physical suffering and the associated distress that endanger the lives of children, women, and men in emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster.

2. Action Aid USA :
Located in Washington, DC, ActionAid International USA’s mission is to create change on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised worldwide. In so doing, AAI USA advocates reforms that speak directly to decision-makers on key policies such as poverty reduction, trade, education, agriculture, and the expenditure of federal, IMF, and World Bank funds.

3. Africare :
Africare helps Africa. Over the course of its history, Africare has become a leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. It is the oldest and largest African-American organization in the field. And Africa is Africare's specialty. Africare's programs address needs in the principal areas of food security and agriculture as well as health and HIV/AIDS. Africare also supports water resource development, environmental management, basic education, microenterprise development, governance initiatives and emergency humanitarian aid. Africare now reaches families and communities in 26 countries in every major region of Sub-Saharan Africa, from Mali to South Africa and from Senegal to Mozambique. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $450 million in assistance — 2,000 projects — to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare was created by Africans and Americans, working as partners, and receives its financial support from one of the most diverse donor bases in the charitable world.

4. American Civil Liberties Union :
The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees: Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state. Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin. Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake. Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

5. American Friends Service Committee :
AFSC Mission Statement 1. The American Friends Service Committee is a practical _expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. We recognize that the leadings of the Spirit and the principles of truth found through Friends' experience and practice are not the exclusive possession of any group. Thus, the AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who share the values that animate its life and who bring to it a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights. This AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. We believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way.

6. American Refugee Committee :
The American Refugee Committee works for the survival, health and well being of refugees, displaced people, and those at risk, enabling them to rebuild productive lives of dignity and purpose, striving always to respect their values.

7. Americares- Humanitarian Lifeline to the World :
AmeriCares is an I.R.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (number 06-1008595). As a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, it provides immediate response to emergency medical needs, as well as supporting long-term humanitarian assistance programs for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. AmeriCares solicits donations of medicines, medical supplies and other relief materials from U.S. and international manufacturers, and delivers them quickly and efficiently to indigenous health care and welfare professionals around the world.

8. Amnesty International USA :
Amnesty International'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.

Make a difference: Join Amnesty International's fight to defend human rights and protect lives. Sign on to our campaigns to:

* Abolish the death penalty
* Oppose abuses related to the "War on Terror"
* Denounce Torture: Stop it now!
* Stop violence against women
* End the uncontrolled proliferation and misuse of arms
* Demand change in multinational corporations

9. Children International :

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities

10. Guttmacher Institute:
The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, promote sound policy and program development and, ultimately, inform individual decision making.

11. Human Rights Watch :
We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

12. Indigenous Peoples Literature :
Indigenous Peoples Literature is a non-profit educational resource and collaboration dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the world and to the enrichment it can bring to all people.

13. National Association to Protect Children :

PROTECT is a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association. We are founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens, and members of the human species is the protection of children from harm. We are committed to building a powerful, nonpartisan force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect. We believe that this must be done through a determined single-issue focus, a meaningful mainstream agenda and the use of proven modern political strategies.

14. National Organization for Women :
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

15. Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights :
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a department of the United Nations Secretariat, is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. The mandate includes preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, and strengthening and streamlining the United Nations system in the field of human rights. In addition to its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to integrate a human rights approach within all work carried out by United Nations agencies.

16. Planned Parenthood :
A Reason for BeingPlanned 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. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life, strong family relationships, and population stability..

17. Seicus :
Use to find information about Sexuality and Reporductive Rights.

18. Sexual Literacy :
NSRC is a project of the Human Sexuality Studies Program at San Francisco State University and one of the major Ford Foundation projects for the Global Initiative on Sexual Health and Well Being. We advance sexual literacy through science, sexuality education, and social policy formation.

We believe that:
* Sexuality touches each of our lives and is essential to our well-being.
* Sexuality is about health, intimacy, desire, and protection.
* Sexuality is more than just the 'sex act.'
* Sexual literacy, the knowledge needed to advance and protect one’s own sexual health and well-being, is vital.
* Accessible information and resources are essential for healthy discussions, education, and decision-making about sexuality.


19. The Progressive :
On January 9, 1909, Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin founded La Follette’s Weekly to be "a magazine of progress, social, intellectual, institutional." The goal, he wrote, was "winning back for the people the complete power over government —national, state, and municipal—which has been lost to them." He attacked private greed in the form of corporate monopolies that hoarded power. He championed the public interest, campaigning for social and economic justice. And he urged the United States not to entangle itself in foreign wars. 1. In 1929, La Follette’s Weekly changed its name to The Progressive, but the views of the magazine have remained remarkably consistent over the years. The Progressive, a monthly since 1948, has steadfastly stood against militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry. It has continued to champion peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy. Its bedrock values remain nonviolence and freedom of speech. One of the first voices to speak out against McCarthyism in the 1950s, The Progressive continues to be among the staunchest defenders of the First Amendment, publishing regular McCarthyism Watch updates by Progressive editor, Matthew Rothschild. Now it is one of the few independent voices in the media reporting on Bush’s imperial designs, environmental degradation, and the resurgence in racism, particularly against Muslims and Arab-Americans.

20. United Nations :

Conventions, Declarations and Other Instruments Found in General Assembly Resolutions...All of the following documents are available at the following website by reference # or for download directly from this website. http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/resguide/resins.htm

  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (13 Dec. 2006) - A/RES/61/106 - Download
  • Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS (2 June 2006) - A/RES/60/262 - Download
  • A world fit for children (10 May 2002) - A/RES/S-27/2 - Download
  • Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (27 June 2001) - A/RES/S-26/2 - Download
  • United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (15 Nov. 2000) - A/RES/55/25 - Download
  • United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime : Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (15 Nov. 2000) - A/RES/55/25 - Download
  • United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime : Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (15 Nov. 2000) -A/RES/55/25- Download
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child : Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (25 May 2000) - A/RES/54/263 - Download
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child : Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (25 May 2000) - A/RES/54/263 - Download
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : Optional Protocol (6 Oct. 1999) - - A/RES/54/4 - Download
  • Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (20 Dec. 1993) - A/RES/48/104 - Download
  • Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (20 Dec. 1993) - A/RES/48/96 - Download
  • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (18 Dec. 1990) - A/RES/45/158 - Download
  • United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of Their Liberty (14 Dec. 1990) - A/RES/45/113 - Download
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 Nov. 1989) - A/RES/44/25 - Download
  • Declaration on Social and Legal Principles relating to the Protection and Welfare of Children, with Special Reference to Foster Placement and Adoption Nationally and Internationally (3 Dec. 1986) - A/RES/41/85 - Download
  • Declaration on the Human Rights of Individuals Who are not Nationals of the Country in Which They Live (13 Dec. 1985) - A/RES/40/144 - Download
  • United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (The Beijing Rules) (29 Nov. 1985) - A/RES/40/33 - Download
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (18 Dec. 1979) - A/RES/34/180 - Download
  • Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency and Armed Conflict (14 Dec. 1974) - A/RES/3318 - Download
  • Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (7 Nov. 1967) - A/RES/2263 - Download
  • Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (7 Nov. 1962) and Recommendation (1 Nov. 1965) - A/RES/1763 A - Download and A/RES/2018 Download2
  • Declaration of the Rights of the Child (20 Nov. 1959) - A/RES/1386 - Download
  • Convention on the Nationality of Married Women (29 Jan. 1957) - A/RES/1040 - Download
  • Convention on the Political Rights of Women (20 Dec. 1952) - A/RES/640 - Download
  • Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (2 Dec. 1949) - A/RES/317 - Download
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 Dec. 1948) - A/RES/217 A - Download - http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

21. Warchild :
War Child is an international relief and development agency, dedicated to providing immediate, effective and sustainable aid to children affected by war in order to build peace, resolve conflict and empower future generations.

22. World Watch Institute :
The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society and how to achieve it .

23. University of Minnesota Human Rights Library:
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library houses one of the largest collections of more than sixty thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to more than four thousands links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. This comprehensive research tool is accessed by more than a 250,000 students, scholars, educators, and human rights advocates monthly from over 150 countries around the world. Documents are available in nine languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

24. The Universal Human Rights Index
The Universal Human Rights Index is a research tool brought to you by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Index provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system. It compiles conclusions and recommendations addressed by UN independent experts to specific countries in view of improving the human rights situation.  

25. HuriSearch
The Human Rights search engine - search over 5000 human rights web sites.

26. Anti-Slavery International
Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.

27. The CIRI Human Rights Data Project
The Cingranelli-Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset contains standards-based quantitative information on government respect for 15 internationally recognized human rights for 195 countries, annually from 1981-2009. It is designed for use by scholars and students who seek to test theories about the causes and consequences of human rights violations, as well as policy makers and analysts who seek to estimate the human rights effects of a wide variety of institutional changes and public policies including democratization, economic aid, military aid, structural adjustment, and humanitarian intervention.

28. WITNESS
WITNESS is an international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy campaigns. Beyond providing video cameras and editing equipment, WITNESS is committed to facilitating exposure for our partners' issues on a global scale. We help broker relationships with international media outlets, government officials, policymakers, activists, and the general public so that once a video is made, it can be used as a tool to advocate for change.

29. Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Sexual violence is a violation of human rights and a serious public health problem. It has a profound impact on physical and mental health, both immediately and many years after the assault. To date, sexual violence has received insufficient attention from researchers, policy-makers and programme designers and it has been a long struggle to have it recognised as a legitimate public health issue. The SVRI is an important contribution to eliminating sexual violence by simultaneously addressing the lack of research on the different aspects of sexual violence as well as drawing attention of a wide range of people including policy makers and the media, to this important public health issue.

30. Center for Economic and Social Rights
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, we seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity.