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 CEDAW   | direct link |
 Convention on the Rights of the Child   | direct link |
 Doctors Without Borders   | direct link |
 Human Rights Internet   | direct link |
 Human Rights Watch   | direct link |
 International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights   | direct link |
 Milarepa Fund   | direct link |
 Mozilla Open Directory Project   | direct link |
 Network For Good   | direct link |
 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe   | direct link |
 UNICEF   | direct link |
 United Nations human rights page   | direct link |
 Universal Declaration of Human Rights   | direct link |
 Witness   | direct link |
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Amnesty International “Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International 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 Amnesty site provides a comprehensive directory of human rights links. | top of page |

Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination
Against Women
The CEDAW “...adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly [and in force as an international treaty as of 3 September 1981], is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.”
    The United States of America signed the Convention in 1980 but has not yet ratified it, so in the US the Convention does not carry the force of law. Other countries that have not ratified the CEDAW (or have withdrawn their ratification) include Afghanistan, Boznia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Macedonia.
    The Optional Protocol to the CEDAW allows individual women in participating nations to take human rights and discrimination complaints directly to the United Nations, once national remedies have been exhausted. It went into force on 22 December 2000. Again, the United States of America has not ratified it—and as of October 2002 has not even endorsed it. | top of page |

Convention on the
Rights of the Child
The CRC “ the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—children’s civil and political rights as well as their economic, social and cultural rights—thus giving all rights equal emphasis. The Convention sets minimum legal and moral standards for the protection of children’s rights... it has been ratified by all States with the exception of only two [Somalia and the United States of America].” | top of page |

Doctors Without Borders “Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world’s largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization. Annually, more than 2,000 volunteers representing 45 nationalities work in over 80 countries in front-line hospitals, refugee camps, disaster sites, towns, and villages. Doctors Without Borders teams provide primary health care, perform surgery, vaccinate children, rehabilitate hospitals, operate emergency nutrition and sanitation programs, and train local medical staff.”
    Doctors Without Borders has a great list of non-profit info links. | top of page |

Human Rights Internet HRI, with headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, provides links to and coordination among more than 5,000 organizations and individuals working toward human rights around the world. Their free Internet Directory “ a searchable database of human rights websites recorded by site content, features, geographical focus, keywords/issues, and more.” | top of page |

Human Rights Watch The Human Rights Watch is an international non governmental organization comprising regional divisions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Central Asia, and the Middle East and Northern Africa. Among its current campaigns are the Campaign for an International Criminal Court and the Campaign to Ban Landmines. Founded in 1978 as Helsinki Watch, it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

“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.” | top of page |

International Helsinki
Federation for Human Rights
Based in Vienna, Austria, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHFHR or IHF) “...seeks to promote compliance of the states participating in the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) with the human rights provisions to which they committed themselves in the Helsinki Final Act and its Follow-up Documents, as well as with relevant international law...
    “It criticizes human rights abuses regardless of the political system of the state in which these abuses occur.” | top of page |

Milarepa Fund The Milarepa Fund, whose mission is to support the Tibetan people’s nonviolent struggle to regain their freedom from the government of the People’s Republic of China, was founded with money earned from two songs off The Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication album. | top of page |

Mozilla Open Directory Project The Mozilla Open Directory Project is a good resource for locating WWW links to human rights information, resources, and organizations. And unlike portal companies such as Yahoo, the ODP is staffed by volunteers and tends to be responsive. So if you’d like to submit a human rights link, Rockbites suggests the ODP. (If accepted, your link will eventually appear in the link directories on AltaVista, Dogpile, Google, Hotbot, Lycos, NetFinder USA, Netscape, Searchgate, and other popular portal sites.)

Link lists on the Open Directory Project
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Human rights organizations
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Network For Good The Network For Good is philanthropic clearinghouse and Internet gateway for connecting individuals with charities. Now an independent, nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, it was founded in 2001 by America Online, the AOL-Time Warner Foundation, Cisco Systems, the Cisco Foundation, and Yahoo! Inc.
   “In addition to connecting the public with opportunities to give, Network for Good works to advance nonprofit adoption of the Internet as a tool for fundraising, volunteer recruitment and community engagement. It represents a groundbreaking partnership with leading technology and media companies and more than 20 nonprofit foundations and associations who share the desire to foster the informed use of the Internet for civic participation and philanthropy.” | top of page |
Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe
The OSCE, with 55 member states “from Vancouver to Vladivostok,” seeks to further human rights in context with a wide range of other national and international issues including election monitoring, environmental security, and arms control. The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is based in Warsaw, Poland. | top of page |

UNICEF “UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.” | top of page |

United Nations human
rights page
“The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major preoccupation for the United Nations since 1945, when the Organization’s founding nations resolved that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur... Over the years, a whole network of human rights instruments and mechanisms has been developed to ensure the primacy of human rights and to confront human rights violations wherever they occur.” | top of page |

Universal Declaration
of Human Rights
This document, signed in 1948 by most of the world’s nations, lays out minimum standards for honoring human rights to which all states, businesses, organizations, and individuals should adhere. | top of page |

Witness “WITNESS gives human rights activists video cameras and helps them to expose the crimes, right the wrongs, and end impunity for human rights violators. WITNESS partners with human rights organizations throughout the world, and trains grassroots activists in video and investigative techniques. WITNESS equips them with the latest technology, provides assistance in field video productions, and ensures that the evidence generated gets an international audience... WITNESS was formed by Peter Gabriel in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Reebok Foundation.” | top of page |


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