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20 International Human Rights Organizations

Human rights are standards that are essential to the full development of individuals and communities. They allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace.

Human Rights

We must make sure that every person has these rights simply because they are human beings. They should be guaranteed to everyone without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex or even their opinion. Human rights are part of international law, contained in treaties and declarations that spell out specific rights that countries are required to uphold. This doesn’t mean human rights don’t get violated. It frequently happens in every country on our planet.

The list is not exhaustive. But it underlines how much help is needed all over the globe. Fortunately, many organizations are dedicated to protecting human rights every single day. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the important work done by any other organization that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind an organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  1. CARE
    CARE’s commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality is based on decades of expertise in dozens of countries and in every development sector. We see gender as a cross-cutting issue that we address in every program to make an equal world free of poverty.
  2. World Vision
    They’re continuously building relationships. By planning and working alongside local leaders, they’re finding solutions to change the future for kids and the next generation.
  3. Oxfam International
    The world only gets better as women expand their role as political, economic, family and social leaders. The cost of excluding women is well recognized. Women bear the biggest burden of poverty, and most people living in poverty are women. Oxfam works to advance women's wellbeing and increase the benefits of the contributions that women and girls can make to societies and economies.
  4. Amnesty International
    A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. With more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries, they conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.
  5. Human Rights Without Frontiers
    HRWF focuses on monitoring, research, and analysis in the field of human rights, as well as the promotion of democracy and the rule of law on the national and international level.
  6. Avocats Sans Frontières
    Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) is an international NGO, active in the human rights and development sector. Created in 1992 by a group of Belgian lawyers, ASF's primary objective is the realization of institutions and mechanisms that facilitate access to independent and fair justice systems that ensure legal security and guarantee fundamental human rights for everyone.
  7. Cultural Survival
    Cultural Survival (founded 1972) is a nonprofit group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the US, which is dedicated to defending the human rights of indigenous peoples.
  8. MasterCard Foundation
    All people, no matter their starting point in life, should have an equal chance to succeed. They believe that with access to education and skills training, people can have that chance.
  9. Cuso International
    A development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.
  10. Center for Economic and Social Rights
    The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international human rights organization that functions primarily as a research and advocacy nonprofit in the area of economic and social rights.
  11. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
    The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative is an international non-governmental organization formed to support Human Rights and particularly to support the implementation of the Harare Declaration in the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  12. Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. They investigate and expose human rights violations, hold abusers accountable and challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
  13. Anti-Slavery International
    Anti-Slavery International is an international non-governmental organization, registered charity and a lobby group, based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1839, it is the world's oldest international human rights organization, and the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses.
  14. Enough Project
    The Enough Project is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization that was founded in 2007. The project was co-founded by the Center for American Progress and the International Crisis Group in 2007. Its stated mission is to end genocide and crimes against humanity.
  15. Equality Now
    An international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women.
  16. Freedom House
    Freedom House is a U.S.-based nonpartisan government-funded non-governmental organisation (NGO) that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights.
  17. International Federation for Human Rights
    The International Federation for Human Rights is a non-governmental federation for human rights organizations. Founded in 1922, FIDH is the second oldest international human rights organization worldwide after Anti-Slavery International and brings together 184 member organizations in over 100 countries, as at 2016.
  18. Red Cross
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
  19. AboveGround
    A non-profit organization working to shed light on human rights abuse. They want to ensure that businesses based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state are held to account for their impacts around the globe.
  20. Plan International
    Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Everything You Need to Know about Human Rights

Humanitarians continuously work towards the protection and promotion of human rights. Even if their main mission is different, human rights always figure in the humanitarian approach. For example, humanitarians save lives because they believe in the individual’s right to life. Here you can take a closer look at the different aspects of human rights, their characteristics, history, and more.

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