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AfricaFiles was launched 2002 and is a network of volunteers committed to the promotion of human rights, economic justice, African perspectives and alternative analyses. The group produces the online mazine At Issue Ezine, which aims to publish well-researched, provocative and insightful original articles on important current themes in sub-Saharan Africa, such as AIDS, ecology, economic justice, etc.

Address: AfricaFiles, 99 Kimberley Avenue, Toronto ON M4E 2Z4 - Canada
Email: info AT

Anti-Slavery International

Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses. They work at local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world by :

  • urging governments of countries with slavery to develop and implement measures to end it
  • lobbying governments and intergovernmental agencies to make slavery a priority issue
  • supporting research to assess the scale of slavery in order to identify measures to end it
  • working with local organisations to raise public awareness of slavery
  • educating the public about the realities of slavery and campaigning for its end.

Anti-Slavery International’s work is divided among three teams : Programme, Communication and Information, enabling the NGO to work effectively towards achieving our goal of a slave-free world.

Address : Anti-Slavery International
Thomas Clarkson House
The Stableyard Broomgrove Road
London SW9 9TL
Phone : +44 (0)20 7501 8920
Fax : +44 (0)20 7738 4110
Contact :
Website :

Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) was established in June 1996, with the membership of 45 network and non-governmental organization from 12 Arab countries. The initiative for establishing ANND came from a group of Lebanese and Tunisian civil society organizations that met in 1993, during one of the preparatory meetings for the International Social Development Summit that took place in Copenhagen, in 1995.

ANND is an advocacy group. Since its establishment, it has worked extensively on strengthening and shaping the role of civil society organizations in the Arab countries. Currently, ANND has three main programs :

  • development program
  • democracy program
  • globalization and trade program

In all the aforementioned areas, ANNDs’ objectives are raising awareness and building the capacities of its members and other civil society groups. It aims at achieving that through seven main strategies : research, networking, campaigning, media and communication, lobbying, capacity building of its member organizations and active participation in relevant global and local meetings and events.

Address : 14/5792 Mazraa
1105 2070 Beirut - Lebanon
Phone : +961 1 319 366
Fax : +961 1 815 636
Contact :
Website :


Derechos Human Rights is an international organization working for the respect and promotion of human rights all over the world. Their work consists of educating the public about human rights and human rights violations; investigating human rights abuses, including their causes, development and consequences; contributing to the development of international and national human rights law and the rule of law; preserving the memory of the victims of human rights violations and fighting against the impunity of human rights violators; and carrying out hands-on projects of assistance to human rights NGOs, activists and victims of human rights or humanitarian law violations. Derechos provides free websites for legitimate human rights NGOs from around the world. Sites are designed, programmed and updated for free, and hosted in one of their three domains. Derechos also provides legal support to human rights organizations.

Address: Derechos - Representative in Spain, Equipo Nizkor, Apartado de Correo 156037 , Madrid - SPAIN
Phone: (34) 91-526-7502
Fax: +34.91.526.7515
Email: hr AT

Front Line

Front Line was founded in Dublin in 2001 to focus on providing practical assistance and support to Human Rights Defenders at risk - people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line runs a small grants program to provide for the security needs of defenders. Front Line mobilizes campaigning and lobbying on behalf of defenders at immediate risk. In emergency situations Front Line can facilitate temporary relocation. The Front Line Award exists to honour the work of a Human Rights Defender who, through their non-violent work, has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the face of considerable personal risk. Front Line also conducts research and publishes reports on the situation of human rights defenders in specific countries.

Address: 16 Idrone Lane, Off Bath Place, Blackrock, Co Dublin - Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 212 3750
Fax: +353 (0)1 212 1001

Fundar (Center for Analysis and Research)

FUNDAR, Center for Analysis and Research is an independent, interdisciplinary, non-partisan and horizontal organization working to advance substantive democracy since 1999. FUNDAR’s work on budget analysis is organised into two focus areas: Monitoring of Public Spending and Governance and Human Rights. The majority of the centre’s work is in Spanish, but some publications are available in English.

Address: Popotla 96-5 Tizapán San Angel, C.P. 01090, México D.F.
Phone/Fax : (52-55) 95 26 43 / 56 81 08 55
Email: fundar AT

Global Exchange

Founded in 1988, Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world.

Address : 2017 Mission Street, #303, San Francisco CA 94110 - USA
Phone: 01-415-255-7296
Fax: 415.255.7498


Women’s Centre for Democracy and Human Rights is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organisation based in Subotica, Serbia and Montenegro, and founded in 2000. Its mission is to develop democratic society, rule of law and respect for human rights through education, advocacy and research. Our goals are:
- Development of democratic society based on human rights, gender equity and social justice;
- Elimination of discrimination of all kinds;
- Advancement of development and globalisation models and actions based on a human rights approach that facilitates equitable distribution of resources;
- Improvement of the economic and social positions of women and other marginalized groups in society and of their inclusion in politics and economic decision making at all levels; and
- Transformation of human rights and women’s rights issues into political issues.


Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Since 1986, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has developed to become a broad-spectrum, countrywide human rights body. Nationally, the HRCP has established a leading role in providing a highly informed and independent voice in the struggle for human rights and democratic development in Pakistan - a role increasingly recognised internationally, also. It is an independent, voluntary, non-political, non-profit making, non-governmental organisation.

Its mission includes :
- to work for the ratification and implementation by Pakistan of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of other related Charters, Covenants, Protocols, Resolutions, Recommendations and internationally adopted norms
- to promote studies in the field of human rights and mobilise public opinion in favour of accepted norms through all available media and forums, and to carry out every category of activity to further the cause
- to cooperate with and aid national and international groups, organisations and individuals engaged in the promotion of human rights and to participate in meetings and congresses on human rights at home and abroad
- to take appropriate action to prevent violations of human rights and to provide legal aid and other assistance to victims of those violations and to individuals and groups striving to protect human rights

Address : Aiwan-I-Jamjoor, 107-Tipu Block, New Garden Town
Lahore 54600 - Pakistan
Tel : (042) 5838341-5864994-5865969
Fax : (042) 5883582
Contact :
Website :

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch began in 1978 with the founding of its Europe and Central Asia division (then known as Helsinki Watch). Today, it also includes divisions covering Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, it includes three thematic divisions on arms, children’s rights, and women’s rights. It maintains offices in Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington.

Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly. It conducts regular, systematic investigations of human rights abuses in some seventy countries around the world. It is an essential source of information for those concerned with human rights.

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 - USA
Phone: 1-(212) 290-4700
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300

International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS)

INTERIGHTS is a UK-registered charity established in 1982. It aims to enforce human rights through law, providing protection and redress, in particular regions and on issues of strategic focus; to strengthen human rights jurisprudence and mechanisms through the use of international and comparative law; and to empower legal partners and promote their effective use of law to protect human rights. It supports lawyers, judges, NGOs and victims on the ground by tailoring activities in response to the needs of each group and region. It works across the developing and developed world, with regional programmes in Africa, South Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth, and cross-cutting thematic programmes focusing on equality, liberty and security and economic, social and cultural rights.

Address : Lancaster House, 33 Islington High Street, London N1 9LH - UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7278 3230
Fax: +44 (0)20 7278 4334
Email: ir AT

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression or violent conflict worldwide. Founded in 1933, the IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity, and self-reliance. This commitment is expressed in emergency relief, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement assistance, and advocacy.

Address : International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York 10168-1289 - USA
Phone : (212) 551-3000
Fax : (212) 551-3180
Contact :
Website :

Migrants Rights International (MRI)

Founded in Cairo in 1994 during the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development, Migrants Rights International (originally formed as the "International Migrants Watch Committee") is a membership organization comprised of experts and practitioners in the fields of migration and migrants’ human rights. Members are affiliated with nationally and locally-based migrant groups, human rights organizations, trade unions, religious bodies, and legal organizations in different parts of the world.
MRI operates with the support of a network of migrant associations, church-based organizations, migrant workers unions, and non-governmental organizations working on migration in Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

Address : c.p. 135, route des Morillons, 1211 Geneva - SWITZERLAND
Phone: +41.22.9177817 / +41.22.7882873
Fax: +41.22.7882875
Email: migrantwatch AT

National Labor Committee (NLC)

The mission of the National Labor Committee (NLC) is to help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy. The NLC investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world. They undertake public education, research and popular campaigns that empower U.S. citizens to support the efforts of workers to learn and defend their rights. They provide international visibility to those who fight for the right to work in dignity, in healthy and safe workplaces and to earn a living wage. The NLC also press for international legal frameworks with effective enforcement mechanisms that will help create a space where fundamental internationally recognized worker rights can be assured.

The NLC’s work is helping to coalesce a new and diverse coalition that includes religious, labor, women’s, student, civil rights, solidarity, policy and grassroots groups to catalyze popular campaigns based on our original research to promote worker rights and pressure companies to end human and labor abuses. With a database of more than 22 000 organizations and individuals, NLC serve as an information center, distributing its literature and videos.

The National Labor Committee views worker rights in the global economy as indivisible and inalienable human rights and we believe that now is the time to secure them for all on the planet.

Address : 540 West 48th St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036, USA
Phone :(001) 212 242 3002
Fax : (001) 212 242 3821
Email :
Website :

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is a network of over 1300 legislators from 114 parliaments engaged in a range of action-oriented initiatives that promote democracy, peace, justice and development throughout the world. It was established in 1978. Current programmes focus on peace and democracy, sustainable development and international law and human rights.

Address: Parliamentarians for Global Action, 211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1604, New York, NY 10017, U.S.A
Phone: 1-212-687-7755
Fax: 1-212-687-8409
Email: info AT

Sabrang Communications

Sabrang Communications ("sabrang" means "all colours") was started in 1993 to provide information on, analyse and expose the machinations of communal politics in India, on the subcontinent and abroad and to publicise the attempt of secular individuals, groups and organisations engaged in fighting them. We stand for equal respect to all religions but are opposed to the cynical manipulation of faith in the pursuit of power. Therefore we are opposed to both majority and minority communalism. Sabrang publishes the magazine "Communalism Combat" and they have an online archive on Social Conflicts (Communal, Caste, Gender, Ethnic, Identities), Human Rights & Peace Initiatives in India.

Site :

Social Watch

Social Watch is an international network informed by national citizens’ groups aiming at following up the fulfilment of internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication and equality. These national groups report, through the national Social Watch report, on the progress - or regression - towards these commitments and goals.

The Social Watch groups, organized on an ad hoc basis, have a focal point in each country that is responsible for promoting the initiative ; submitting a national report for the yearly publication ; undertaking lobbying initiatives before the national authorities to hold them accountable for the policies in place regarding the agreed commitments ; promoting a dialogue about the national social development priorities and developing an active inclusive strategy to bring other groups into the national group. The international secretariat of Social Watch is hosted by the Third World Institute in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Address : Jackson 1136
Montevideo 11200 URUGUAY
Phone : + 598-2- 419-61-92
Fax : + 598-2-411-92-22
Email :
Website :


Statewatch aims at monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union. It is a non-profit-making voluntary group founded in 1991. It is comprised of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. Its European network of contributors is drawn from 14 countries. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness.

Address : PO Box 1516, London N16 0EW - UK
Phone: (00 44) (0) 208 802 1882
Fax: (00 44) (0) 208 880 1727
Email: office AT

The Democracy Center

The Democracy Center works globally to advance human rights through a combination of investigation and reporting, training citizens in the art of public advocacy, and organizing international citizen campaigns. Much of their work is based in Bolivia. The campaign Human Rights First looks at the conflict of interests between world trade agreements and conventions for the protection of human rights. The Center has also produced publications on empowering citizens in the political process and monitoring public budget spending.

Address: The Democracy Center, P.O. Box 22157, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: 415/564 4767
Fax: 978/383 1269
Email: info AT

The Euro-mediterranean human rights network (EMHRN)

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is a network of 82 human rights organisations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It was established in 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration and to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The secretariat is based in Copenhagen with a branch office in Brussels and project officers based in Rabat and Amman. The mission of the EMHRN is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reform within the framework of the Barcelona process and EU-Arab cooperation frameworks. The Network seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region and to facilitate the development of human rights mechanisms.

Key values that guide and shape the Network include the fundamental indivisibility and universality of human rights; the respect for the rule of international law; the fundamental value of freedom of expression, assembly and association; the importance of civil society in the promotion and protection of human rights; the gender equality and the importance of promoting the rights of women; the intercultural approaches to human rights as well as dialogue and the promotion of intercultural understanding.

Address : Vestergade 16, 2nd floor
DK-1456 Copenhagen K Denmark
Phone : +45 32 64 17 00
Fax : +45 32 64 17 01
Mail :
Website :

Think Centre

Think Centre is an independent, multi-partisan political non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Singapore. The Centre aims to critically examine issues related to political development, democracy, rule of law, human rights and civil society. Think Centre’s activities include research, publishing, organising events and networking.

Address: P.O.Box 327, Jurong Point Post office, Singapore 916411
Phone: (65)9479 1906
Fax: (65)6425 0709

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF is an international NGO founded in 1915, with National Sections in 37 countries, covering all continents. WILPF sees as its ultimate goal the establishment of an international economic order founded on the principles of meeting the needs of all people and not on those of profit and privilege. It campaigns for total and universal disarmement, the democratisation of the United Nations system, and the promotion of political and social equality and economic equity, amongst other aims. It works on issues of peace, human rights and disarmament at the local, national and international levels. The league contributes to analysis of these issues through debates and publications. In addition it coordinates activities directed at educating, informing and mobilizing women for action everywhere.

Address: WILPF International, 1, rue de Varembe, Case Postale 28, 1211 Geneva 20 - Switzerland
Phone: (+41 22) 919 70 80
Fax: (+41 22) 919 70 81
Email: info AT

World Organisation Against Torture

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is the world’s largest 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.

Address: Secrétariat international de l’OMCT, PO Box 21 , 8, rue du Vieux-Billard, CH-1211 Geneva 8 - Switzerland
Phone: + 41 22 809 4939
Fax: + 41 22 809 4929

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