Additional Resources: Human Rights
Section 1: Campaigns
International Human Rights Day (December 10th) 2007 marked the start of a year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Every Human Has Rights campaign will work with civil society, businesses and multilateral agencies to encourage practical action to make human rights a reality for all and call on citizens to uphold the goals of the universal declaration in their daily lives and to hold governments accountable...
2008 is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. KnowYourRights2008.org is a market place of ideas. Take the quiz and test your basic knowledge of Human Rights. Read the Declaration, post your projects and initiatives, see what others are planning, meet the UN's Special Rapporteurs and hear their messages. Watch testimonies from people around the world or listen to the Declaration in different languages or in rap music.
Section 2: Organizations
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI???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.
Dignity International is an independent organisation, registered as a Foundation in the Netherlands, supporting the people in the frontline of the human rights struggle, working with partners and friends worldwide to bring about lasting social change. Dignity International is a catalyst for social change: supporting the primary change agents - People in the frontline of the human rights struggle. Dignity International believes that everyone should live life in full dignity - free from fear and free from poverty - and that the future of human rights will be determined by people who are denied freedom from fear and freedom from poverty.
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan, independent, international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. Human Rights First protects people at risk: refugees who flee persecution, victims of crimes against humanity or other mass human rights violations, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates who are targeted for defending the rights of others.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an independent, nongovernmental organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HRW stands 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. HRW investigates and exposes human rights violations and holds abusers accountable. HRW challenges governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. HRW enlists the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is a collaborative initiative of groups and individuals from around the world working to secure economic and social justice through human rights. ESCR-Net seeks to strengthen the field of all human rights, with a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights, and build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development.
Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit corporation with a presence in Latin America, the Caribbean, Russia, and the United States. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) promotes health by protecting human rights. PHR believes that human rights are essential preconditions for the health and well-being of all people. Using medical and scientific methods, PHR investigates and expose violations of human rights worldwide and works to stop them.
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.
Section 3: Books & Publications
This volume, edited by Mary Robinson and Philip Alston, addresses highly specific but crucial aspects of the human rights and development interface, including the economics of social rights; land rights and women's empowerment; child labor and access to education; reform of legal and judicial systems; the human rights role of the private sector; and building human rights into development planning, especially the Poverty Reduction Strategy process. Download the first chapter [37 pages, 146KB].
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948, outlines the organization's view on the human rights guaranteed to all people. The declaration has served as the foundation for the original two legally-binding UN human rights covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has collated, on one webpage, the Charter of the United Nations, the International Bill of HUman Rights, the Core International Human Rights Instruments, and the many other universal instruments relating to human rights.