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Le portail rinoceros d’informations sur les initiatives citoyennes pour la construction d’un autre monde a été intégré au nouveau site Ritimo pour une recherche simplifiée et élargie.

Ce site ( constitue une archive des articles publiés avant 2008 qui n'ont pas été transférés.

Le projet rinoceros n’a pas disparu, il continue de vivre pour valoriser les points de vue des acteurs associatifs dans le monde dans le site Ritimo.

ATTAC (Association pour une taxation des transactions financières pour l’aide aux citoyens)

The International ATTAC Movement - “international movement for democratic control of financial markets and their institutions” - was created at an international meeting in Paris, in December, 1998. The network promotes economic reforms meant to tame the devastating power of the financial markets, and to favour democratic, transparent economic structures that serve the needs of ordinary people. The original focus of work was on the establishment of a global solidarity tax on transactions in the exchange market, known as the Tobin Tax. The groups’ actions have since diversified and combine activism with research.

Address: 66-72 rue Marceau
93000 Montreuil-sous-Bois FRANCE
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 58 17 40
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Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières (ESSF)

ESSF is an association for international solidarity. Covering a wide range of topics, our website offers militant information on many struggles and campaigns, as well as in-depth articles, elements of debates, documents of varied types. We would like it to become a useful tool for all those who are fighting for a world of solidarity.

Our website was opened publicly at the end of September 2005, with about 450 articles, though still unevenly distributed by topics or countries. New documents will be regularly added: updates on current events, introduction of new topics, complementary articles, and also early-written texts that restitute the memory and history of movements, struggles and debates.

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Gush Shalom

Gush Shalom (which means in Hebrew « The Peace Bloc ») is often described as « resolute », « militant », « radical » or « consistent ». It is known for its unwavering stand in times of crisis, such as the al-Aksa intifada. For years now, Gush Shalom has played a leading role in determining the moral and political agenda of the peace forces in Israel, as well as in breaking the so-called « national consensus » based on misinformation.

Gush Shalom is an extra-parliamentary organization, independent of any party or other political grouping. Some of its activists do belong to political parties, but the Gush is not aligned to any particular party. The primary aim of Gush Shalom is to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people, based on the following principles :

  • putting an end to the occupation,
  • accepting the right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent and sovereign State of Palestine in all the territories occupied by Israel in 1967
  • reinstating the pre-1967 « Green Line » as the border between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine (with possible minor exchanges of territories agreed between the parties). The border will be open for the free movement of people and goods, subject to mutual agreement
    - establishing Jerusalem as the capital of the two states, with East Jerusalem (including the Haram al-Sharif) serving as the capital of Palestine and West Jerusalem (including the Western Wall) serving as the capital of Israel. The city is to be united on the physical and municipal level, based on mutual agreement
  • recognizing in principle the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees, allowing each refugee to choose freely between compensation and repatriation to Palestine and Israel, and fixing by mutual agreement the number of refugees who will be able to return to Israel in annual quotas, without undermining the foundations of Israel
  • safeguarding the security of both Israel and Palestine by mutual agreement and guarantees
  • striving for overall peace between Israel and all Arab countries and the creation of a regional union

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INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum)

INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum) was established in 1993 and has grown into a national forum with a political thrust, bringing together over 500 social action groups, people’s movements and progressive intellectuals to resist globalization, combat communalism and defend democracy. INSAF is active in over 15 states of India as a political forum of NGOs, trade unions, people’s movements and grassroots organisations.

Address: INSAF (Indian Social Action Forum), A-124/6, First Floor, Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi, India - 110 016
Phone: + 91.11.26517814

International South Group Network (ISGN)

International South Group Network began in 1994 and represents a global South-South network of individuals, social movements and centers of research and learning. The network is engaged in thematic campaigns on issues such as debt and Jubilee, trade and the WTO, land and food security, environment, women and gender, corruption and governance, and most recently, war and militarism. It works through advocacy, dissemination of analysis, the promotion of people’s on-the-ground struggles, research and workshops.

Address: 98 Mapang-akit St.Pinyahan, Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: (632) 927-6309
Email: rcpd AT

Latin American Information Agency (ALAI)

ALAI is a communications organization, working since 1977. It is committed to the full respect of human rights, gender equality and people’s participation in development and policy making in Latin America and views the struggle for the democratisation of communication as a basic prerequisite for democratic society and social justice. The agency offers resources and information services, produces publications, including the monthly magazine America Latina en movimiento, and helps to coordinate and network groups.

Address: Casilla 17-12-877, Quito - ECUADOR
Phone: : (593 2) 2505074
Fax: (593 2) 2505073
Email: info AT

Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD)

NIGD was founded in Helsinki in 1997. It aims at strengthening global civil society and promoting global democratization by producing and developing emancipatory knowledge for democratic movements, organizations and states. NIGD operates from Helsinki, Finland, and Lima, Peru. NIGD conducts research, publishes Discussion and Working Papers and organises workshops, seminars, and conferences. Consultancy work is also among NIGD’s activities. It has been involved in transnational campaigns, for instance for a currency transactions tax and, more generally, for global democratization. NIGD is also a founding member of the International Council of the World Social Forum.

Address : Otavantie 14 B 27, 00200 Helsinki - FINLAND
Phone: + 358-(0)40-5084026
Fax: + 358-9-6820216
Email: nigd AT

No bases - International network for the abolition of foreign military bases

Opposition to foreign military presence has a long and rich history. Wherever there’s a military base, there is usually a movement resisting its encroachment on sovereignty and democracy. Around the world, communities, social movements, women’s organisations, political parties, environmental groups, intellectuals and religious groups have been campaigning in various ways through the years against foreign military presence, militarisation, and milsitary interventions. In some cases, such efforts have taken the form of a specific single-issue campaign. In others, the campaign has been part of broader movements for independence and social justice.

For these campaigns, the issue of foreign military presence has served as a rallying and unifying cause that has driven grassroots organising, educational campaigns, and political mobilisation. In a number of places, notably in the Philippines or in Puerto Rico, popular movements against foreign bases succeeded in adding to the social pressure that led to the termination of basing agreements with the United States. Even then, campaigns to force the US to clean up the toxic legacy of their vacated military bases continue. In many places, such as Korea or Japan, the campaigns have been going on for generations. In others, such as Ecuador, Paraguay, Uzbekistan or Bulgaria, the struggle has only recently begun.

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Phone : +63 24330899

Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN)

The Palestine National Institute for NGOs (PNIN) is a national non-governmental network of NGOs in the state of Palestine. It has been established in Jerusalem in 1997, working toward building and developing the NGOs to achieve social justice and respect for the dignity of the Palestinians. It seeks to guarantee its participation in the administration of general affaires and to realize a civil society based-on democracy.

It is focused on reflecting the changes in the Palestinian society that is committed to the establishment of an independent, sovereign state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. PNIN represents a multi- dimensional popular movement engaged in the process of building a Palestinian infrastructure through its national institutions which is integral of establishing a civil society.

Address : Al-Bazzar Building - Floor 5 Office 12
P.O.Box 1601
Ramallah - Palestine
Phone : +972-2-2967339
Fax : +972-2-2967901
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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
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In the fall of 2000, Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel joined together to form Ta’ayush (Arabic for « life in common »), a grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a true Arab-Jewish partnership.

They live surrounded by walls and barbed wirec : the walls of segregation, racism, and discrimination between Jews and Arabs within Israel ; the walls of closure and siege encircling the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip ; and the wall of war surrounding all inhabitants of Israel, so long as Israel remains an armed fortress in the heart of the Middle East.

A future of equality, justice and peace began, between them, through concrete, daily actions of solidarity to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and to achieve full civil equality for all Israeli citizens.

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The Berne Declaration (DB)

The Berne Declaration is a Swiss non-governmental organization with 19’000 members. Through research, public eduaction and advocacy work, it has promoted more equitable, sustainable and democratic North-South relations since 1968.

The Berne Declaration monitors the role of Swiss corporations, banks, and government agencies. It addresses the problems of unequal international trade and financial relations, unsustainable consumption patterns and cultural prejudices. It calls on all Swiss actors - the private sector and the state, citizens and consumers - to assume their responsibilities in resolving these problems.

Address : The Berne Declaration
52 Rue de Genève 1004 Lausanne Switzerland
Phone : +41 21 620 03 03
Fax : +41 21 620 03 00
Email :
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