Human Rights

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United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The full text of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III) adopted December 10, 1948.
Peace Corps
Established by John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps is still committed to the world-wide relief of hunger, disease, poverty, and lack of opportunity. Site features historical material, info on becoming a Peace Corps volunteer.
Amnesty International
"The protection of human rights is an international responsibility, trancsending the boundaries of nations and ideologies. This is the fundamental belief upon which the work of Amnesty International, an independent worldwide voluntary movement, is based."
Human Rights Watch
"Human Rights Watch conducts regular, systematic investigations of human rights abuses in some seventy countries around the world....Human Rights Watch defends feedom of thought and expression, due process and equal protection of the law."
Anti-Defamation League
"The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counterract hatred, prejudice and bigotry."
The Nizkor Project
"Nizkor" is a Hebrew word meaning "we will remember." The Nizkor Project comprises a number of organizations working to counter efforts at Holocaust denial.
The Levy-Grau Alliance for Reconcilliation
The group seeks to provide constructive resources on German-Jewish relations, the Holocaust, antisemitism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, racism, violence.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international center for Holocaust remembrance and the defense of human rights and the Jewish people. [T]he Center's mandate is a unique combination of social action, public outreach, scholarship, education and media projects as it imparts the lessons of the Holocaust and develops educational strategies for teaching tolerance."
The National Conference
"The National Conference, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. The National Conference promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education."
The Carter Center
"The Carter 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."
Center for Economic and Social Rights
"CESR was established in 1993 to address issues of poverty (access to health, food, housing, education, and other basic needs) as human rights under international and domestic law. CESR works in partnership with social scientists and grassroots groups to document violations, build public awareness, and advocate for policy change."
Habitat for Humanity International
"Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that believes that all human beings deserve a simple, decent place to live on terms that they can afford to pay."
National Petition to End the Death Penalty
This is an online petition calling for an end to capital punishment. Once a to-be-determined number of signatures have been electronically collected, the petition will be transmitted to Congress and to the President.
Abolition Now!
A well-organized and comprehensive personal page dedicated to abolition of the death penalty. Sections include Death Penalty News Forum, listing by state of pending death penalty cases, links to other resources.
Friends Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty
The FCADP is a national Quaker organization focusing not only on activism toward abolition, but also on "the process of vctim-victimizer reconciliation in the light of God's love."
American Friends Service Committee
"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 believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way."
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
The UUSC combines advocacy, education, and partner support to ensure the fundamental human rights of people in the United States and in more than a dozen countries in Latin America, the Carribean, Central Africa and South Asia. UUSC's programs empower women, support the struggles of oppressed racial and ethnic groups, and defend the rights of children.
Global Fund for Women
"The Global Fund for Women is an international organization which focuses on female human rights. It supports issues as diverse as literacy, domestic violence, economic autonomy, and the international trafficking of women, among others."
Gray Doves International
"Gray Doves International Inc., a non-profit, Colorado-based humanitarian aid project, has developed into a force to be reckoned with on the world scene. Composed of corporate and private members, Gray Doves fills the personal needs of elderly women in strife torn areas around the globe."
Trees for Life
"Trees for Life empowers people by demonstrating that in helping each other, we can unleash extraordinary power that impacts our lives. We do this by helping people plant fruit trees in developing countries. Each tree protects the enviornment and provides a low-cost, self-renewing source of food for a large number of people."
The Coalition for Human Dignity
"Through strategic research, public education, technical training and organizing, the Coalition seeks to increase the ability of communities to effectively respond to the threat of organized racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and sexism."
The Magnus Hirschfeld Centre for Human Rights
"The Magnus Hirschfeld Centre for Human Rights is a non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary organization engaged in the promotion of human rights and civil liberties under international law."
"HateWatch is an organization that monitors the growing and evolving threat of hate group activity on the Internet. Started in 1995, HateWatch provides an on-line resource for concerned individuals, academics, organizations and the media to keep abreast of and counteract hate activity in our world."
The Hate Directory
"Included are Internet sites of individuals and groups that, in the opinion of the author, advocate violence against, separation from, defamation of, deception about, or hostility toward others based upon race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation." This is a tremendously valuable and very comprehensive resource.
"JustCause recognizes an urgent need to work toward the elimination of prejudice and hate. A basic tenet of our philosophy is that until we learn to accept each other -- differences and all -- we can never hope to realize the fullness of our potential as human beings."
Refuse & Resist!
This group strives to counter the new "Resurgent America," which it characterizes thus: "Its prominent themes- a 'moral awakening of the nation' and the drive for America to be Number One in the world by force of arms- have a distinctly fascist aura and raise the specter of a police state."
International Committee of the Red Cross
"The ICRC's activities are aimed at protecting and assisting the victims of armed conflict and internal violence so as to preserve their physical integrity and their dignity and to enable them to regain their autonomy as quickly as possible."
International Rescue Committee
"Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is the leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity, and self-reliance."
International Medical Corps
"International Medical Corps is a non-profit humanitarian relief organization whose mission is to save lives and relieve suffering through health interventions and medical training that build local capacity and self-reliance in war-torn and impoverished regions of the world."
Southern Poverty Law Center
"The Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation." Among the projects funded by the Center are Klanwatch, Militia Task force, and Teaching Tolerance.
Education and Vigilance Network
"The Education & Vigilance Network conducts communtiy workshops, seminars, and organizing stratigies to counter the messages and tactics that hate and hate gangs bring to our communities."
Doctors Without Borders
"Doctors Without Borders delivers medical relief to populations in danger due to war, civil strife, epidemics or natural disasters. Annually, more than 2,000 volunteers representing 45 nationalities work in some 70 countries in front-line hospitals, refugee camps, disaster sites, towns and villages."
Equality Now
"Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women."
Sisterhood is Global Institute
"The Sisterhood is Global Institute was established in 1984 as a publicy funded international nonprofit organization created specifically to help improve women's human rights on the local, national, regional and global levels."
International Campaign for Tibet
"Today, the movement to help Tibetans is growing, as public awareness, and public outrage builds. World governments are beginning to recognize the atrocities, and to address them. But Tibet is entirely dependent on grass-roots support, and we need your help."
Second Harvest
"We have been helping provide food to hungry people since 1979. Today, we are the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States. Second Harvest provides nearly a billion pounds of food each year to those in need."
The Heifer Project
The Heifer Project provides livestock to poverty-stricken families throughout the world and trains farmers in the methods of sustainable agriculture, thereby providing hunger relief that is enduring rather than transient.
Stop Prisoner Rape
"Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc. is a small but growing national non-profit organization dedicated to combatting the rape of prisoners and providing such assistance as we can to survivors of jailhouse rape."
Free the Slaves
"Today 27 million people are in slavery around the world. They are controlled by violence and forced to work for no pay. In spite of the fact that slavery is illegal in every country, the products they make feed into the global economy and flow into our homes." "Free the Slaves is building the first global movement against modern slavery."

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