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Non-Governmental Organizations

A good way to find information on the Internet is to find a research or advocacy organization that cares about the issue you are researching and go to its website. For that purpose, we make the following list of organizations available. The descriptions below are taken from the websites listed.

See also United Nations System, Intergovernmental Organizations, and other Foreign and International Law Resources.

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
Database of authenticated primary materials, authoritative websites, and helpful research guides to a broad range of international law topics on the Internet. Users can connect directly to the web resource that interests them by clicking on its title, but will also find valuable added information through a "More Information" link, including legal citations, entry into force and signature dates, amendments and brief descriptions. Go to "About EISIL" for more information on the project.
Publisher: American Society for International Law.

American Society of International Law
Has been granted Consultative Status (Category II) to the United Nations. Premier membership organization in the United States dedicated to advancing the study and use of international law. For nearly a century the Society has helped set milestones in the evolution of international law through its participation in the international policy process.

Amnesty International
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.

Founded on March 1, 1999 with the sole purpose of using the Internet to help lawyers worldwide prepare the best asylum cases they can.

Bat Shalom
Israeli national feminist organization of Jewish and Palestinian women working together for a genuine peace grounded in a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, respect for human rights, and an equal voice for Jewish and Arab women within Israeli society.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities, and the environment.

Center for Democracy and Technology
With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.

Center for Economic and Social Rights
In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity and even life itself, CESR promotes the universal right of every human being to housing, education, health and a healthy environment, food, work, and social security.

Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
Non-governmental, non-profit organization with consultative status before the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN), and observer status before the African Commission of Human Rights.

Doctors Without Borders
Delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.

Freedom House
Non-profit, nonpartisan organization working through international programs and publications to advance worldwide expansion of political and economic freedom.

One-stop portal that links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world; contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice.

Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe)
One of the world's leading private sector voices on e-commerce policy. Provides authoritative expertise on electronic commerce policy issues and leads the way in identifying, defining, and understanding those issues which will challenge policymakers in the future.

Global Rights
A human rights advocacy group that partners with local activists to challenge oppressive ideologies and power structures, channel international pressure to secure human rights protections, and amplify new voices within the global discourse.

Campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University
Public policy research center devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy-both domestic and foreign-as well as international affairs.

Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
Works in the U.S. and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity, and respect for the rule of law.

Human Rights Internet
HRI is dedicated to the empowerment of human rights activists and organizations, and to the education of governmental and intergovernmental agencies and officials and other actors in the public and private sphere, on human rights issues and the role of civil society.

Human Rights Watch
Largest human rights organization based in the United States. HRW researchers conduct fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses in all regions of the world. HRW then publishes those findings in dozens of books and reports every year.

INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights
Established to provide leadership in the development of legal protection for human rights and freedoms through the effective use of international and comparative human rights law.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
Internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The mission of the IGLHRC is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

Nonviolence Web
Home to many of the US's most dynamic peace groups and publisher of "Nonviolence Web Upfront," the homepage news and opinion magazine.

Not In My Name
Loose gathering of concerned American Jews deeply committed to a peaceful and just resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a resolution that will provide safety, security and freedom for Jews, Palestinians, and all others living in this region.

Overseas Development Institute
Britain's leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Oxfam International
Development, relief, and campaigning organisation dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around the world.

Resource Center of the Americas
Devoted to the notion that every person in this world is entitled to the same fundamental human rights.

United States Institute of Peace
Independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

Women, Law & Development International
Non-profit, non-governmental women's human rights organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all.

World Organisation Against Torture
Coalition of non-governmental organisations fighting against arbitrary detention, torture, summary and extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and other forms of violence. Its global network comprises nearly 300 local, national and regional organisations, which share the common goal of eradicating such practices and enabling the respect of human rights for all.

World Policy Institute
Seeks to offer innovative policy proposals, to promote greater public understanding, and to nurture a new generation of writers and public intellectuals committed to internationalist thinking.


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