Organizations Advancing Human Rights Worldwide


organizations and websites


The Albert Einstein Institution’s mission is to advance the worldwide study and strategic use of nonviolent action in conflict. Several books, publications and articles on nonviolent conflict, in multiple languages, are downloadable from this site.
PO Box 455, East Boston, MA 02128 USA Tel: 617-247-4882 Fax: 617-247-4035
Email: [email protected]
Human Rights Watch is an independent non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.
50 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 212-290-4700, Fax: 212-736-1300
Email: [email protected]

International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with over 110 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
1629 K Street NW, Suite 450 Washington DC 20006 USA
Tel: 202-785-1601 Fax: 202-785-1630

Training For Change leads workshops in democratic nonviolent social change worldwide.
1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1477 USA
Tel 215-241-7035 Fax 215-241-7252
Email: [email protected]

Global Nonviolent Peace Force’s mission is to energize and train an international nonviolent peace force that can be sent into conflict areas to secure human rights and prevent atrocities, allowing local organizations to work nonviolently towards peace.
425 Oak Grove Street Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA
Tel: 612-871-0005 Fax: 612-871-0006
Email: [email protected]

Fellowship of Reconciliation is an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. FOR educates, trains, builds coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.
521 N. Broadway Nyack, NY 10960 USA. Tel: 845-358-4601
Email: [email protected]

Freedom In The World examines and compares political freedoms and civil rights in various countries.

Freedom House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world. Through a vast array of international programs and publications, Freedom House is working to advance the remarkable worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor Washington D.C. 20036 USA
Tel: 202- 296 5101 Fax: 202 293 2840
E-mail: [email protected]

The United Nations – Human Rights site contains documents and treaties from the UN High Commission on Human Rights. It also includes sections on economic and social development and peace and security, as well as the latest information on the war crimes tribunal trials.

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress. Its mission is to help prevent, manage, and resolve international conflicts by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by our direct involvement in peacebuilding efforts around the world. to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.
1200 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Tel: 202-457-1700 Fax: 202-429-6063
Email: [email protected]

National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions in every region of the world.
2030 M Street, NW Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Tel: 202-728-5500 Fax: 202-728-5520
Email: [email protected]

National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world. Each year, it makes hundreds of grants to support pro-democracy groups
1101 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005 USA
Tel: 202-293-9072 Fax: 202-223-6042
Email: [email protected]

International Republican Institute (IRI) was founded in 1983, as a nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing democracy, freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI programs are nonpartisan and adhere to the fundamental American principles of individual freedom, equal opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit that fosters economic development.
1225 Eye Street, NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005 USA
Tel: 202-408-9450 Fax: 202-408-9462


The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical center for peace research and action. Its principal goal is to support the work of churches in the fields of peace, justice and reconciliation.
PO Box 1520, SE-751 45 Uppsala, Sweden
Tel: +46 (0) 18-169500 Fax: +46 (0) 18-693059
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 21186, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +25422714121 Fax: +25422710349
Email: [email protected]

Friends for a Non-Violent World works to build a world where people practice alternatives to violence and work cooperatively towards peace and justice. Their programs include nonviolence trainings and workshops that focus on the spirit of nonviolence and the use of conflict resolution skills.
1050 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104 USA
Tel: 651-917-0383 Fax: 651-917-0379

Thoreau on Civil Disobedience This link contains parts one and two of Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience.

Nonviolence Web features articles on nonviolence and nonviolent actions worldwide from peace groups and international newspapers and magazines.



The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to protect and enhance the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities. This site includes NAACP newsletters, archives, information on current programs, a history of the organization, and valuable links to other related websites.

SNCC, 1960-1966 is a website focusing on the history of the civil rights group the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). It includes a timeline of the organization’s history, the main issues it addressed, some of its major programs and events as well as profiles of some of its most important members and nonviolent activists.

The King Center is a nonprofit organization the educates the world about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and methods of nonviolence. The Center’s site has many resources including news and historical information.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit organization that battles hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and the law. The Center is known for its monitoring of hate groups, tolerance education program, legal successes against white supremacist groups, and its sponsorship of the Civil Rights Memorial.


The Official Mahatma Gandhi Web Site contains information on Gandhi’s life.

Gandhi and South Africa 1914-1948 contains articles and speeches relating to Gandhi and South Africa. For essays and information on India and the fight against apartheid, go to

The Internet Indian History Sourcebook provides information and sites about ancient, medieval, and modern Indian history.

South Africa:

African National Congress, the official party of South Africa, has an informative web site The site includes news from South Africa, recent publications, and an archive of historical documents.

H-Safrica is an international electronic discussion group committed to promoting all aspects of South and Southern African history and culture. It includes discussion logs, book reviews and links to other South African related sites.

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established by the Government of National Unity to help deal with the violence and human rights abuses that happened under apartheid. This site contains transcripts of hearings, legal background information, press releases and news articles, and other relevant information.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation is a non-governmental organization dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to peaceful and fundamental change in South Africa and the surrounding region. The site includes information on the organizations, programs, and publications as well as upcoming events and links to related sites.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by promoting tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. Through its work, the Center addresses important current issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide.
1399 South Roxbury Drive Los Angeles, California 90035 USA
Tel: 310-553-9036
Tel: 800-900-9036 (toll-free from within the U.S.)
Fax: 310-553-4521
Email: [email protected]


Poland/Lech Walesa:

CNN Cold War Profiles contains a biography of Lech Walesa. A separate link contains an interview with Walesa.

Nobel Peace Prize 1983 contains the speech that was made when Lech Walesa was presented with the Peace Prize as well as a brief biography of Walesa.

Colby Magazine contains a brief profile of Lech Walesa and audio clips of speeches he has made on globalism, Russia, solidarity, and the changing century.

Solidarnosc is the official website of the Solidarity party. It includes the party’s constitution, organizational newsletters, and information on current activities.

Chile/Augusto Pinochet:

Amnesty International has articles on the recent Pinochet Case.

Oikos contains links and articles about Pinochet.

Human Rights Watch has a special section on the Pinochet Prosecution that contains articles about his 1998 arrest and prosecution.


B92 is an independent radio and television station in Belgrade. It began as a student radio station and has become an umbrella association including the fields of television, radio, internet, music, film and publishing. Along the way B92 has pioneered the use of the internet as a means of bypassing media repression; won global acclaim for its part in the downfall of a corrupt and violent regime; and nurtured a thriving creative scene in Yugoslavia. The site includes daily news updates, archives, and information on the fall of Slobodan Milosevic.

The International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia is responsible for trying serious violations of International Humanitarian Law in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The ICTY is a part of the United Nations Security Council.

The Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan organization that contributes to the establishment and strengthening of democratic values and institutions in Serbia by promoting free and fair elections. CeSID runs educational and research programs and works on monitoring of elections, as well as analysis of pre-election and election activities.
Kralja Milutina 21, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel: +381 11 323 54 36
Fax: +381 11 334 27 71
Email: [email protected]

Economic and Social Policy Institute specializes in economic and social research, as well as implementing and monitoring social and economic reforms and offering services to key decision makers during the transition. The G17 Institute continues to work at getting Yugoslav society and economy into a framework of a market economy and civil society. IT has also established an academic and research institution dedicated to studying economic processes and social reform.

Knez Mihailova 10, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel: +381 11 334 60 86
Fax: +381 11 334 61 72

G17 Plus is a network of experts established to promote and practically implement the ideas of a modern market economy, open and democratic society and the rule of law in Serbia through humanitarian and developmental projects in Serbia.
Trg Republike 5, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel: +381 11 334 49 30
Fax: +381 11 334 44 59


The Association for Civil Rights in Israel is a non-partisan, independent organization that works for the protection of human and civil rights in Israel and in the territories under Israel’s control.

PO Box 34510, Jerusalem 91000, Israel
Tel: + 972-2-652-1218

Bat Shalom is a feminist peace organization working toward a just peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors that includes recognition of a Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel and Jerusalem as the capital of both.
The Jerusalem Women’s Action Center,
King George 14, P.O. Box 2426 , Jerusalem 91023, Israel
Tel: + 972-2-624-5699

B’tselem works to educate the Israeli public and policy makers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, make the Israeli public acknowledge these issues, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
P.O. Box 53132, Jerusalem 91531, Israel
Tel: + 972-2-673-5599

The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing Americans about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and assisting in developing a peaceful solution that brings security for both peoples.
1761 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 USA
Tel: 1-202-835-3650

The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR) is a non-profit, non-affiliate, non-religious organization whose main objective is to encourage peaceful solutions to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. PCR uses dialogues to encourage understanding and educates and trains individuals for peace and reconciliation. It also encourages activism and leads people in nonviolent resistance against the occupation and for human rights.

Women in Black: The international movement of Women in Black began in Israel in January 1988 with a small group of Israeli women who carried out a simple form of protest: Once a week at the same hour and in the same location at a major traffic intersection, they put on black clothing and raised a sign that read “Stop the Occupation”. Women in Black has become a movement of women of conscience of all denominations and nationalities who hold vigils to protest violence in all worldwide.


Human Rights in China (HRIC) monitors the implementation of international human rights standards in the People’s Republic of China and carries out human rights advocacy and education among Chinese people inside and outside the country. This site contains press releases, resources regarding the human rights situation in China, a list of publications, issues of their quarterly report, and reports on human rights in China.

HRIC Head Office
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3311, New York, NY 10118 USA

Tel: 1-212-239-4495

Special Report: Nonviolent Struggle in China: An Eyewitness Account, Bruce Jenkins and Gene Sharp. Both men were in Beijing studying the pro-democracy movement when the government crackdown occurred. They conducted interviews with student leaders and participants in the movement and observed daily events in Tiananmen Square leading up to the June 4 massacre.
PO BOX 455, East Boston, MA 02128 USA
Tel: 1-617-247-4882

China Democracy and Dissidents – The Complete Reference contains links to Chinese political magazines, Tiananmen related websites, and sites that address democracy and human rights in China and Hong Kong.

UFW: The Official WebPage of the United Farm Workers of America includes action alerts, UFW activities, news releases, news articles in both Spanish and English, and links to Latino, labor, environment and farm sites.


Educators for Social Responsibility’s mission is to get educators to teach social responsibility so that young people acquire the beliefs and tools to create a safe, democratic, fair and peaceful world.

23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Toll-Free Number: 800-370-2515
Tel: 617-492-1764 Fax: 617-864-5164
Email: [email protected]

Gandhi – Teaching with Movies is a learning site which explains how to use movies in the classroom and includes discussion questions for teaching the Richard Attenborough film, Gandhi.

Teaching Tolerance contains a teacher section with lesson plans on the civil rights movement. It is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
c/o The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 USA
Tel: 1-334-956-8200

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