Resources - Human Rights
These internet sites are related to human rights advocacy and organizations that support or promote human rights locally, nationally, and internationally. If you know of a web site that should be included in this list, please share it with us.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - because freedom can't protect itself
- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the national guardian of liberty in the United States of America (USA), working daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in the country. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
- The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), which was formed in 1964 by a group of citizens who were alarmed about a proposal by the Ontario government to drastically increase police powers (the government withdrew after extensive protest), has become a national organization that was constituted to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties.
The fight against abuse of state authority has not always won popularity contests for CCLA, but the Association has been a leader in protecting our fundamental freedoms, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stands on such issues as censorship, capital punishment, and police powers thanks to the shared visiosn of civil libertarians who see a need for an ongoing watchdog group to guard against threats to democratic rights.
- International Justice Resource Center (IJRC)
- The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) shares essential information, skills and support with local advocates around the world to help them achieve justice and accountability for human rights violations using international law.
Every day around the world, individuals and communities are denied enjoyment of fundamental rights and privileges, such as when they are imprisoned without cause, denied participation in processes impacting their health or land, subjected to unhealthy working conditions, discriminated against, or punished for expressing their opinions. When governments perpetrate or fail to respond to these wrongs, the protections of the international human rights framework are often the last best hope for victims and the local advocates who defend them.