Links to Human Rights Organizations
World Food Program
With so much media attention focused on wars and natural disasters, it is easy to overlook other desperate human needs. For a tiny fraction of what has is spent on one major war, the UN World Food Programme could save millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world from starvation. International aid from nations, organizations, and individuals is needed.
UN Global Compact on corporate social responsibility.
American Civil Liberties Union
Founded in 1920 when civil liberties we take for granted today were often thoroughly trampled upon, this organization works to preserve individual rights and liberties under the Constitution, with particular attention to the Bill of Rights. ACLU advocates for respect for civil liberties at all times, including times of national emergency.
Large and highly influential organization devoted to promoting human rights, political freedom, and fair labor practices around the world. Organizes campaigns to free political prisoners and end torture.
AI's page detailing human rights in China. Since China is huge in terms of population, exports of consumer goods, impact on the world economy, and land mass, it is a major focus of ResponsibleConsumer.net.
Founded in 1913, the ADL works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms.
Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, enumerated on the website of Cornell University's Legal Information Institute. Links to other ammendments to the Constitution, Table of Contents and Amendments, and Overview of Full Constitution.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Nonprofit with offices in London and New York; regional researchers in "Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Japan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Senegal, South Africa, UK, Ukraine and USA"; website in seven languages; and a large, diverse board active in the "strategy and the accountability of the management team". As you might expect from such ample resources, the website offers a huge amount of information, but its content and visual navigation are well organized so you can zero in on what you want.
Green America (Formerly Co-op America)
Non-profit organization that provides information and news about sweatshops and workplace conditions, as well as the environment and socially responsible investing, personal finance, products and businesses. Responsible Shopper, one of Green America's programs, allows you to compare many companies and industries on the bases of workplace, environment, and willingness to disclose information to the public. Responsible Shopper also notes things companies have been criticised and praised for, such as environmental practices, sweatshop labor, community and labor relations, diversity in the workforce, and charitable contributions.
Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that provides a wealth of information and breaking news on human rights around the world.
Institute of Race
London based organization devoted to research and analysis that informs the international struggle for racial justice.
Committee of the Red Cross
English version, with links to French and Spanish versions. Relief agency founded in 1863 to provide aid to victims of war and violence on a strictly humanitarian, impartial basis. Also promotes humanitarian law and principles.
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
From the History page of the site: "Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization".
United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
News about how this United Nations agency is helping children affected by poverty, natural disasters, etc.
Nations Home Page
Links to editions in six languages.
United Nations NewsCentre
Brief descriptions of current news, with links to full stories. These stories give vital information that is not always widely covered in major news media. They enable readers to understand world events from a point of view that is much more broadly based than that of a single country.
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Links to full text of the resolution in many languages. The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948, which is now celebrated as Human Rights Day.
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Simplified
BBC summary, in plain language, of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Current and past articles about the United Nations published in the New York Times.
Independent, nonpartisan agency that evaluates for the U.S. Congress the effectiveness and appropriateness of executive branch agencies in spending taxpayer dollars. Human rights issues are often involved in the GAO's reports.