Human Rights Organizations
human rights organizations are most effective when their calls for reform are backed by strong public advocacy. Below are some examples of such groups.
Globally, the champions of human rights have most often been citizens, not government officials. In particular, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have played a primary role in focusing the international community on human rights issues.
NGOs monitor the actions of governments and pressure them to act according to human rights principles.
Some of these groups are listed alphabetically below with descriptions based on their website information:
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF): The CDF is a child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their right to equal care and education. www.childrensdefense.org
Human Rights Action Center:Universal Declaration of Human Rights and uses the arts and technologies to innovate, create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses. They also support growing human rights groups all over the world. www.humanrightsactioncenter.org
Human Rights Watch:www.hrw.org
Human Rights Without Frontiers: (HRWF)
HRWF focuses on monitoring, research and analysis in the field of human rights, as well as promotion of democracy and the rule of law on the national and international level. www.hrwf.net
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP):www.naacp.org
Simon Wiesenthal Center:www.wiesenthal.com