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Amnesty International
(Regional Office)
322 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 1-212-807-8400
Fax: 1-212-627-1451
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.aiusa.org

     "A worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. Campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups.
      The site provides information on current events issues, such as human rights, torture, and other international problems".
This web site allows you to look through its library of Amnesty documents and provides links for people who wish to make a donation to or join Amnesty. You can also purchase Amnesty merchandise through its "Bazaar" link. One important document that you should browse through is the page, "Recommendations for the protection and promotion of human rights. -SNS
     An aesthetically pleasing website with plenty of articles on several different countries throughout the world. Also there are many ways to get involved locally for many causes. -FRH
     Beautiful website with numerous articles on multiple countries amidst the world.  Also there are various ways to become incorporated with causes. -JAW

      I agree, I think every one needs to have the right to express themselves in a positive way. -JV

Asian Human Rights Commission &
Asian Legal Resource Center

Asian Human Rights Commission 19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building, 998 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Phone: 852 2698-6339
Fax: 852 2698-6367
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ahrchk.net

      "An independent non-governmental body seeks to promote greater awareness and realization of human rights in the Asian region, and mobilize Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations.
     A simple menu allows for easy access to all of the site's features, such as it' Asian links, current programs, and an urgent appeals site".
     Keep up with the Asian Human Rights News and issues. You may also make donations to, and/or volunteer with, this organization.  -SNS
     There is a list of campaigns spanning important issues that allows anyone to offer  much needed help. -FRH
A simple website which permits the realization of human rights in the Asian region-JAW
 I agree. -JV

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Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
194 Jarvis St.
2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5B 2B7
Phone: 416 363-1066
Fax: 416 363-2122
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.ccvt.org

     "Helps survivors of torture and their families in Canada and abroad, and to increase public awareness, in Canada and abroad, of torture and its effects upon survivors and their families.
     Provides the link between the survivor of torture and a network of professional services which includes doctors, lawyers, social service workers and volunteers as well as crisis intervention, counseling, the Children's Program and Art Therapy. Acts as an advocate on the survivor's behalf when requested to do so by the survivor, especially with regard to immigration and other government agencies".
     This site contains many volunteer opportunities in many of its international projects to help victims of war, teach English, and other projects.
     Read about the programs and services they offer to the torture victims.  Also, find out how to make donations to this organization.  -SNS
     There are sections on how torture affects different people, i.e.. women, children and seniors. -FRH.
     It is very interesting and displays different breeds of torture-JAW
"I like helping people so I agree.... -JV

The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA  30307
Phone: 1-404-331-3900
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cartercenter.or
     "A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in 1982. The Center is dedicated to fighting disease, hunger, poverty, conflict, and oppression through collaborative initiatives in the areas of democratization and development, global health, and urban revitalization."
     "Guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The Center, in partnership with Emory University, wages peace by bringing warring parties to the negotiating table, monitoring elections, safeguarding human rights, and building strong democracies through economic development."
     This site provides information concerning the health and peace programs of the Carter Center. It has an extensive list of news and publications. There is also a nice video introduction to the site.
     A very important and well-designed site. Its peace programs are dedicated to promoting democracy, protecting human rights and economic development in "emerging democracies. -SNS
     An incredibly detailed website with many helpful facts pertaining to the state of different countries. -FRH
     A very well detailed website with numerous facts dealing with the temperament of various countries. -JAW
     I agree with what's written above. -JV

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Center for the Study of Human Rights
J. Paul Martin, Executive Director
Columbia University, Mail Code: 3365
420 West 118th St., Room 1108 IAB
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 1-212-854-2479
Fax: 1-212-316-4578
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.columbia.edu/cu/humanrigh
     "Established in 1978, one of the oldest University-based human rights institutions. Committed to the education and training of emerging human rights leaders, the Center has pioneered the promotion of human rights research, education, and training at Columbia University and distinguished itself through its interdisciplinary approach to human rights."
     Browse through the different programs Columbia offers to its students on human rights, such as classes and applications to join the HR Advocates Program. Also, check out its HR events calendar, which is updated weekly.   -SNS
     There is a link to the center's extensive annual newsletter with an archive to past issues. -FRH
Helping people to educate member of the U.S. government is really generous, change is effective immediately, that's why now they are the Institute for Study of Human Rights. -JV

Colombia Support Network, Peace and Justice For Colombia
P.O. Box 1505
Madison, WI 53701
Phone: 1-608-257-8753
Fax: 1-608-255-6621
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.colombiasuppor
     "Activist grassroots organization that works through sister communities to help Colombians create a peaceful participatory democracy and an economically just Colombian society. We condemn violations of human rights by all actors involved in the conflict. Support and provide political space for organizations and individuals that work for a non-violent, just political solution to the conflict in Colombia."
     "Believes in non-violent resolution of conflict and opposes violence from all parties (paramilitaries, Colombian Armed Forces and Police, guerrillas, and urban militias) in the conflict in Colombia."
     "This site is a great source of information relating to Colombia and all its current issues that provides people with the chance to help out in these problems.
    Read about the programs it implemented and the goals of each to protect and further develop human rights. Check out the events it holds each month to see which ones you might be interested in if you are in that area. You may also join CSN by simply filling out a form online. -SNS
     Includes background information on Colombia to help uninformed people become more aware of Colombia's needs. -FRH
    Amazing website which entails information regarding aid to uninformed individuals, providing them with the awareness of Colombia's needs. -JAW
     I agree. -JV

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Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR)
435 West 116th St.
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 1-212-854-1601
Fax: 1-212-854-7946
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www3.law.columbia.edu/hrlr/

     "Seeks to publish and distribute legal analysis and discussion of civil liberties and human rights under both international and domestic law. The HRLR believes that thoughtful discussion of human rights issues and broad dissemination of information about legal remedies for human rights violations promote human rights around the world."
     Browse through the scholarly articles in the Human Rights Law Review Journal and the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. Read past articles, or you can even subscribe. -SNS
     Subscribing to the Manual is affordable; there is even a special price for inmates. -FRH
 I  am agree. - JV

Committee of Concerned Scientists
Dorothy Hirsch
Executive Director
53-34 208th Street
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: 1-718-229-2813
Fax: 1-718-229-7540
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.libertynet.org/~ccs

     "We seek to achieve:
     -Academic freedom for all scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars...
     -Recognition, implementation and preservation of human rights, individual and collective, without distinctions based on race, language, religion, sex or national origin."
     "An independent organization of scientists, scholars, physicians and engineers devoted to the protection and advancement of the human rights, as well as the scientific and intellectual freedom of colleagues around the world."
     Contains a large library of links that helps relay information of interest to many human rights workers.
     Check up on its annual report to find out what it did in the past year to further the cause of human rights.  Also, learn how to become a member of CCS. -SNS
     One can tell that this committee is well backed by knowledgeable scientists due to the list of professors that have worked for this cause. -FRH
    Wow -JAW
  I agree. -JV

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Committee to Protect Journalists
330 Seventh Ave., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 1-212-465-1004
Fax: 1-212-465-9568
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.cpj.org

     "A non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1981 to monitor abuses against the press and promote press freedom around the world.
     A group of U.S. journalists created CPJ in response to the often brutal treatment of their foreign colleagues by authoritarian governments and other enemies of independent journalism."
     The site gives out information concerning journalists and all the events that involve them, such as their dangerous assignments and the actions taken towards them.
     Read its updated news articles regarding the intricacies of being a journalist almost anywhere in the world.  Check out the list of its Top Ten Worst Places to be a Journalist.  Also, click on its link to make a donation to help save the lives of journalists and the future of journalism itself. -SNS
     An eye opening site that shows people how being a journalist in any country can often be quite dangerous. -FRH
     Love it-JAW
     Its Great!. -JV

Cultural Survival
Dr. Ian McIntosh, Director
215 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Fax: 1-617-441-5417
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.culturalsurvival.org/

     "A non-profit organization founded in 1972 to defend the human rights and cultural autonomy of indigenous peoples and oppressed ethnic minorities. Through research and publications we focus attention on violations of those rights and advocate alternative policies that avoid genocide, ethnic conflict and the destruction of other peoples' ways of life.
     The impulse for the founding of Cultural Survival came from the processes of 'development' being undertaken in the Amazonian regions of South America during the 1960s."
     The Cultural Survival site provides grants opportunities for the public to be involved in internships that help inform its participants about human rights.
     Read the important news headlines regarding the indigenous peoples fighting for survival all over the world.  Also, read about its special projects intact to find out what is being done to help save these people as well.   -SNS
     There are three publications that address the concerns of indigenous peoples. One is a free weekly e-publication people can subscribe to and receive via email. -FRH
Cultural Survival is a organization that care about other people and want to give a hand to help those poor people. -JV

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Freedom House
120 Wall Street, Floor 26
New York, New York 10005
Phone: 1-212-514-8040
Fax: 1-212-514-8055
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.freedomhouse.org

     "A non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting democracy around the world. Established in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie, Freedom House conducts programs to: Promote an engaged US foreign policy; Monitor human rights & elections; Sponsor public education campaigns; Offer training & technical assistance to promote democracy and free market reforms; Support the rule of law, free media, and effective local governance.
     Led by a Board of Trustees composed of leading Democrats, Republicans and independents; business and labor leaders; former senior government officials; scholars; writers; and journalists.  All are united in the view that American leadership in international affairs is essential to the cause of human rights and freedom.
     The Freedom House website provides access to its annual "Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties" ratings of countries' civil rights standing, and a list of its current programs".
    Browse through its publications about the importance of freedom.  Check out its listing of programs in effect, including regional programs.  Also, find out how to contribute to and/or volunteer with the organization. -SNS
     "t has an interesting list that states which countries have the most or least freedom on a 1 to 7 scale. Also, there is a link for center of religious freedom that has an extensive archive of news in regard to religion around the globe. -FRH
The Freedom House is a website that support Human rights and the expasion of the freedom around the world. -JV

Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Phone: 1-202-628-4160
Fax: 1-202-347-5323
Toll-Free: 800/777-4723
Website: www.hrc.org

     "As America’s largest gay and lesbian organization, the HRC provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The HRC effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies."
     This website allows you to read about the issues concerning the gay community, and also shows you how you can become involved by volunteering. This organization also has an Online Action Center which allows you to directly communicate with federal and state elected officials. It is open to everyone and is free.  -SNS
     This site includes a unique feature that informs people of the specific laws in their state". -FRH
Human Rights Campaign give the opportunity to let people to fight for what they really want in life, I like the idea of how people fighting for what they wants. -JV

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Human Rights Center
Professor David Weissbrodt, Co-Director
University of Minnesota
Mondale Hall, N-120
229-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 1-612-625-5027
Fax: 1-612-625-2011
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/default.html

     "The principal focus of the Human Rights Center is to help train effective human rights professionals and volunteers. The HRC assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators through five primary programs."
     Read about the five programs it has that advocate human rights issues. Also, browse through more than 10,400 documents and materials that focus on human rights at the Human Rights Library at the University of Minnesota".  -SNS
     A very detailed site, but one must utilize the many links to access aforementioned information. -FRH
 I agree. -JV

Human Rights Internet
8 York Street Suite 302 Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S6
Phone: 1-613-789-7407
Fax: 1-613-789-7414
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.hri.ca/contact.aspx

     "Founded in 1976, a world leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community". HRI communicates by phone, fax, mail and the information highway with more than 5,000 organizations and individuals around the world working for the advancement of human rights.
     HRI is dedicated to the empowerment of human rights activists and organizations, and to the education of governmental and intergovernmental agencies and officials and other actors in the public and private sphere, on human rights issues and the role of civil society."
     The Human Rights Internet serves as a starting point for people interested in getting involved in human rights.  It provides links to other organizations as well as internship opportunities.
     Also, read about the programs it developed to protect human rights, and check out its upcoming events. -SNS
    This site includes a long list of partner sites with companies from around the world. -FRH
I agree. -JV

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Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Ave., 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: 1-212-736-1300
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.hrw.org

     "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."
     Contains in-depth information about human rights violations around the world and what is being done to stop it.  The site is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. It also lists ways to get involved as well as ways to donate.
     Click on the Global Issues links to find out the problems people have with attaining any human rights around the world.  Check out news articles about human rights all over the world as well.  You can also find out how to contribute to this organization online. -SNS
     The site is available in twenty different languages:. -FRS
     This site includes information about human rights all over the world.
This organization help defending and protecting human rights. -JV

International Law and Human Rights
Chris Ingelse
2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202-939-6000

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.asil.org/resource/humrts1.htm

     "This site was set up under the auspices of the Doddel Server. Universities Maastricht is an experimental server at the Dept. of Computer Science of the Universities Maastricht.
     This site contains links to other sites containing documents of international law concerning human rights and other issues of world concern".
     You can read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and several other documents/articles on this issue. However, this may not be the best site to find out what you can do to help with human rights
     I agree. -FRH

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US State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs 
US Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: 1-202-647-6575
Fax: 1-202-261-8577

E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/

     "Responsibilities include promoting democracy worldwide, formulating U.S. human rights policies and coordinating policy in human rights-related labor issues.
     This site provides articles and information on a wide range of human rights issues as well as links to other sites".
     The site is also offered in Spanish. One can be positive that the information provided by this site will be accurate because it is run by the U.S. government. -FRH  
    This sight gives the background information and the tools necessary to genuinely understand human rights.
    US state Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Affairs is a organization that accepted almost all they right that every person should have. -JV

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