Preamble (excerpt) : For long, especially during the colonial period, the peoples of Asia suffered from gross violations of their rights and freedoms. Today large sections of our people continue to be exploited and oppressed and many of our societies are torn apart by hatred and intolerance. Increasingly the people realize that peace and dignity are possible only when the equal and inalienable rights of all persons and groups are recognised and protected. They are determined to secure peace and justice for themselves and the coming generations through the struggle for human rights and freedoms. Towards that end they adopt this Charter as an affirmation of the desire and aspirations of the peoples of Asia to live in peace and dignity.

Derechos Human Rights, together with our sister organization Equipo Nizkor, work for the respect and promotion of human rights throughout the world. Our work includes the socialization of human rights related information and analysis through the internet and other media, the promotion of prosecutions of human rights violators and the support of local human rights NGOs and activists.

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC publishes an e-mail and online newsletter on civil liberties in the information age – the EPIC Alert. Tjey also publish reports and even books about privacy, open government, free speech, and other important topics related to civil liberties.

Watch and comment on human rights video from around the world curated by WITNESS. This pilot project contains only a subset of the functionality of the forthcoming Human Rights Video Hub.

The bloggers listed on this page have one thing in common: they write about human rights, providing information and commentary you will not find elsewhere in mainstream media, sometimes putting themselves in personal danger by doing so.

Final Recommendations from The Carter Center and Human Rights First Conference, Carter Center, 7 Jun 2005) on Promoting Human Rights and Human Security

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities. HREA works with individuals, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes.

Human Rights First is a leading human rights advocacy organization based in New York City and Washington, DC. Since 1978, we have worked in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world – advancing justice, human dignity, and respect for the rule of law. All of our activities are supported by private contributions. We accept no government funds.

The Human Rights Impact Resource Centre (HRIRC) is an online database which brings together a wide range of information and documentation on the subject Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). Measuring human rights has become an issue of growing interest to policy makers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academics. There is a growing amount of information and documentation available on the subject, which is often dispersed and difficult to find. The HRIRC aims to fill this gap by providing a platform to bring together, share and disseminate all sorts of information on HRIA.

On this website (formerly hosted on you will find several tools on protection for people affected by violations of human rights law, international humanitarian law, refugee law.

We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

The idea of HURIDOCS was developed as from 1979 during informal consultations among persons working within international human rights organisations. They realised that information and communication technologies are being used by commercial companies and government agencies, sometimes in aid of committing human rights violations. They saw that the community of non-governmental human rights organisations needed to familiarise themselves with these tools and would most benefit from using them in an appropriate and compatible way.

Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) has been working in human rights sector, for the last 17 years with high credible records. It has significantly contributed to the process of bringing multiparty democracy in the country and raising number of human rights issues to the national agenda to influence the necessary policy and legislations. INSEC has been constantly emphasising economic, social and cultural rights in its agenda right from the days it implemented the programme for the cart pushers of Kathmandu valley in 1989. It has been highlighting issues of bonded labour, minimum wage for the agricultural workers and other issues concerning human rights. INSEC has moved far ahead from there by involving itself in campaigns, awareness creation and education programmes for maintaining civil and political rights of the people. Education, monitoring, lobbying, advocacy, research and training on issues related to human rights have been regular functions of INSEC for more than a decade already. It is also involved in wide dissemination of human rights situation and violation records, specifically, through publication of the Human Rights Yearbook since 1992.

The International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances gathers organizations of families of disappeared and human rights organizations working together in the struggle against enforced disappearances. The principal aim is the promotion of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances.

FIDH’ s mandate is to contribute to the respect of all the rights defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FIDH aims at obtaining effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of Human Rights violations and the sanction of their perpetrators. Its priorities are set by the triennial World Congress and the International Board (22 members), with the support of the International Secretariat (30 staff members).

The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) is an international, nongovernmental organization constituted by national Helsinki Committees and Cooperating Organizations in the participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The IHF seeks to promote compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its follow-up documents, with international legal obligations undertaken in the Council of Europe (CoE) and the United Nations (UN), and with human rights norms promoted by the European Union (EU). The IHF mandate is to protect and strengthen civil society groups that monitor and report on human rights issues from a non-partisan perspective, and to bring them together on a common international platform. The IHF represents its affiliates on the international political level and in the media, supports and assists their human rights monitoring and advocacy activities, and disseminates documentation based on their research.

Founded in 1993 by the gynaecologist Dr. Monika Hauser at a time when rape was taking place on a massive scale in Bosnia Herzegowina, medica mondiale today sees itself as an international advocate for the rights and interests of women who have survived sexual violence in war situations.

Internet censorship and surveillance are growing global phenomena. ONI’s mission is to identify and document Internet filtering and surveillance, and to promote and inform wider public dialogue about such practices.

Pax Christ International’s work is based in spirituality. It is a Catholic organisation but welcomes all religious groups and strives for dialogue and co-operation with non-governmental organisations and movements working in the same field – Christian, Jewish, Muslim and non-religious.

Its aim is to become a virtual community of people brought together around ideas. Essentially (but not exclusively) made up of persons connected with the field of psychosocial and community work, this group understands the concept of human rights at its widest perspective, placing special emphasis on the social, economic, cultural and political rights of peoples.

The Universal Human Rights Index provides instant access for all countries to human rights information from the United Nations system. The index is based on the observations and recommendations of the following international expert bodies:

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