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A Web Bibliography for Researchers


  • Basic Human Rights Documents
  • Government Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Specialized

    Web Sites: Basic Human Rights Documents

    Web Sites: Government Organizations

    • U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
      The regional office of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), located in Seattle, Washington, is charged with the enforcement of various civil rights laws and regulations to ensure compliance by recipients of federal financial assistance from the Department. Our office is where students and parents would look for information regarding their rights under the law, and our website now has an online complaint form that can be used to file complaints of discrimination. The website also provides contact information should the individual wish to request a printed copy of the complaint form.

    • The U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Page
      This page includes the full texts of the State Department annual report on human rights, various policy statements and much more.

    • Global Legal Information Network
      Based at the U.S. Library of Congress, this database contains full text laws, regulations, and other complementary legal sources. Searchable and regularly updated.

    • International Inter-Governmental & Non-Governmental Organizations
      This page in the Suzzallo Government Publications Section Web Site includes an array of potentially useful links.

    • United Nations Home Page
      The gateway to the wealth of information from the United Nations. Includes links to other UN sites (many contain information relating to human rights), latest news, documents, highlights of events, proceedings, and history of the organization.

    • The UN Human Rights System
      While not a governmental site, this outstanding resource produced by Human Rights Internet (see below) is a guide to United Nations human rights materials. The six volume report gives country-by-country overviews of human rights issues with links to relevant UN documents. It also provides an appendix of UN bodies and mechanisms, notes on major developments in the UN human rights system, and links to key treaties and treaty bodies on key topics such as Land and People, Civil and Political Rights, Discrimination Against Women, etc.

    • United Nations Refugee Agency
      This site is maintained by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and is an excellent source of information and links concerning the activities of the UNHCR. The "What's New" site is updated regularly, with special reports from various hotspots around the world, statistical information on refugees, etc. The journal of the UNHCR, "Refugees," is held by the UW Libraries in the Government Publications Section, Suzzallo. The call number is UNHCR R258.

    • United Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale University
      Here is a map to the complexities of the United Nations. Organized from a researcher's perspective, UN Scholars' Workstation provides access to primary sources and secondary sources as they relate to UN activity and publishing.

    Web Sites: Nongovernmental Groups

    • American Civil Liberties Union
      One of the most active---and often controversial---organizations, the ACLU is a major player in issues of human and civil rights in the U.S.

    • Amnesty International Eastside Local Group 624
    • Amnesty International On-line
      Contains Amnesty International Country Reports, news releases, world-wide appeals, external document summaries, and information on recent Amnesty International publications.

    • Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
      Founded in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, the Council is an "independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education in the field of ethics and international affairs" (Mission Statement).
    • European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations
      Based at Utrecht University, the Centre promotes the scientific study of migration (including asylum seekers), racism and ethnicity and supports relevant research, education and communication among scholars. It maintains an excellent directory to other ethnicity, nationalism and migration centers, as well as internet resources.

    • Human Rights Internet
      This web site brings together publications of the ngo Human Rights Internet (HRI), research guides and guidance, searchable archives of "Human Rights Tribune," and other important resources. Founded in 1976, HRI is a world leader in the exchange of documentation, and knits together over 5,000 human rights organizations around the world, facilitating intercommunication among these groups.

    • Human Rights Watch
      Founded in 1978, Human Rights Watch is one of the most highly regarded organizations within the human rights movement. It is a nongovernmental group, supported by private donations and foundation grants. The web site gives a history of the organization, email contacts, etc.

    • Institute for Global Communications
      Home of the IGC Networks: PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. These networks aim to serve individuals and organizations working toward peace, environmental protection, human rights, social and economic justice, sustainable and equitable development, health, and non-violent conflict resolution.

    • International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy
      The Centre is a joint nonprofit project of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, which, through its research, contributes to the work of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program. It promotes democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights in criminal law, locally and internationally.

    • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
      This site tracks human disasters, and includes a weekly news service, as well as special reports, news releases from the Federation, etc.

    • Links to Human Rights and Amnesty International Sites
      Maintained by Derechos, this site is an unusually well organized collection of links to activist groups, news, and documents.

    • OneWorld Online
      This site is actually an information bridge between nongovernmental organizations and government agencies. Claiming to be "the world's biggest and best collection of multimedia material---that's text, graphics, audio and video---on development, the environment and human rights on the Web," One World Online is a partnership of many development agencies and charities. It covers news, reports and stories of justice and injustice around the world, and projects currently in place to improve human and civil rights for all.

    • Peace Brigade International
      Peace Brigade International is an international organization offering unarmed protective accompaniment to human rights activists, refugees and communities threatened with violence. This site offers information on PBI's current special projects in Balkans, Chiapas, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, North America and Sri Lanka, and is working on joint projects in Chiapas and the Balkans.

    • RIGHTS Consortium
      The RIGHTS Consortium is a team of NGOs dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law and human rights worldwide. Combining the unique strengths, experience and outreach of its partner organizations, the Consortium provides both rapid response and long-term assistance to developing democracies and countries in transition.

    Web Sites: Specialized

    • American Anti-Slavery Group
      This group concentrates on publicizing the plights of various ethnic groups around the world living in bondage.

    • American Kurdish Information Network
      This site is maintained by a non-profit organization which takes as its mission the task to provide current information on the conditions of the Kurdish people, to solicit the support of human rights organizations on behalf of the Kurds, to gain the interest of the U.S. Congress, to publish documents and provide information---including cultural, historical and current---to increase understanding and advance the cause of a secure future for these people.

    • Crosspoint Anti-Racism U.S.A.
      The Crosspoint is the Net's biggest collection of links in the field of of Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Indigenous Resources, Disability Resources, Gay and Lesbian Resources, Women's Rights, Antifascism, Shoah, etc.. Also we list links to Jewish organizations, Migrant organizations and others.

    • Digital Freedom Network
      This site publishes censored materials on the web. The Digital Freedom Network is an international nonpartisan group working with other human rights and free speech organizations around the world. This site reports significant current events concerning censorship as well as the texts of the censored materials.

    • The Female Genital Mutilation Education and Networking Project
      This site focuses on the practice of female genital mutilation, including reference material, legal resources and links to FGM advocacy groups and discussion lists. This practice has recently gained high visibility and some legal standing as a violation of human rights.

    • Free Tibet Homepage
      The struggle of the Tibetan people against China is one of the better known international political situations in this area. This site contains links to a number of related pages, including information on how to become active in this fight.

    • Gendercide Watch
      This Website from Gendercide Watch is devoted to raising awareness, facilitating research, and disseminating educational resources on gendercide (i.e. gender-selective mass killing). Undoubtedly the most comprehensive and up-to-date Website of its kind, Gendercide Watch features an annotated listing of current gendercide articles and reports in the news, a comprehensive discussion and definition of the phenomenon, as well as detailed case studies of gendercide occurrences in several countries and contexts, including Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Colombia, and gendercide elements in the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian genocide of 1915-1916. Institutional case studies of gendercide elements in the application of penal punishment -- including the death penalty, maternal mortality, and military conscription are also posted... An extensive, annotated list of gendercide and genocide links is given along with news releases from Gendercide Watch about current gendercide issues around the world.

    • Global Rights - Partners for Justice Website
      Global Rights is a human rights advocacy group that partners with local activists to challenge oppressive ideologies and power structures, channel international pressure to secure human rights protections, and amplify new voices within the global discourse. With offices in 10 countries, we help local activists create just societies through proven strategies for effecting change.

    • Holocaust Education Through Art
      This website offers information and examples of educational art available for exhibitions. Also gives information about arranging for slide presentations for classes in the U.S., Canada and worldwide.

    • Human Rights Council
      The purpose of this page is to provide you with easy access to information about human rights events in Geneva. It aims to bring together the most useful web-pages, whether published by the UN, NGOs, or the media.

    • Human Rights Course Syllabi
      This website offers syllabi offered at universities in the U.S. and in other countries. The website is designed for instructors anywhere in the world to assist in their preparations for teaching a human rights course, and for scanning other approaches to human rights syllabi.

      The syllabi are under various headings, such as: The Child, Disability, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Latin America, Law, Literature, Science and Technology, the United States, Nontraditional One-Day Courses, and Summer Courses, to name a few. The syllabi are put up on the website exactly as the instructors send them to us. The syllabi usually include bibliographies on the subject area.

      The website is under the aegis of the Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley, and Amnesty International USA Human Rights Educators Network.

    • Human Rights First
      Human Rights First works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. They support human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protect refugees in flight from persecution and repression; help build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and make sure human rights laws and principles are enforced in the United States and abroad.

    • Human Rights in China (HRIC)
      HRIC is an international non-governmental organization founded by Chinese scientists and scholars. It monitors the implementation of international human rights standards in the People's Republic of China. Working within the laws of the country, HRIC advocates for the adoption of human rights standards, educates the people as to their rights, and informs the global community about human rights issues in China. HRIC does not take a position on the independence of Taiwan or Tibet.

    • Human Trafficking (Global Rights - Partners for Justice)
      Since 1998, Global Rights has partnered with organizations and governments to ensure that all responses to the trafficking of people into forced labor, slavery and servitude are based upon internationally-recognized human rights standards. Global Rights is also a founding member of the Freedom Network (USA) and is helping to build regional networks of activists and lawyers based in Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, and West Africa.

    • Human Rights Tools
      This website for human rights professionals offers four services: a library of carefully selected and commented resources, key resources for country analysis, daily updated human rights headlines, and a newsletter.

      HURIDOCS is a global capacity-building network of organizations that use documentation techniques, monitoring methods, information management systems and available technologies in the defense of human rights and the prevention of abuses.

    • Index on Censorship
      This bi-monthly magazine for free speech reports on censorship activities around the world.

    • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
      Official UN site for the Tribunal includes latest documents and news, basic legal documents, press releases and press statements, tribunal cases and more.

    • Mario's Cyberspace Station
      This site is maintained by freelance journalist Mario Profaca who works out of Zagreb, Croatia. For information concerning war crimes tribunal events, current news from the Balkans, and many links related to the situation in the former Yugoslavia (such as the U.S. Defense Department's official Pentagon Bosnia LINK), use this site.

    • Michigan Refugee Case Law Site
      The University of Michigan Law School provides a searchable database of court cases from the highest courts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Fields include case name, country of origin, name of court, date of decision and jurisdiction.

    • Nigeria Human Rights
      This page brings together a number of sources--primarily Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch material--concerned specifically with the situation in Nigeria. It includes a link to "Eye on Nigeria," a daily general news update produced by Afrinet.

    • Peace, Conflict and Development.
      A refereed online journal focusing on contemporary issues in conflict and peace studies. Based at the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford (UK), and managed by postgraduate students, it aims to publish innovative writing on a wide range of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective (sociology, politics, international relations, anthropology, development studies, philosophy).

    • Project Amazonas Fundacion Humanitaria
      A nonprofit research organization, the foundation is devoted to promoting awareness of the rain forest and systematic medical care for the people of the region.

    • "Refugees/Immigration/Asylum"
      This site contains legal research resources on the Internet concerning Refugees/Immigration/Asylum Law, as well as other foreign law topics.

    • Researching Indigenous Peoples' Rights Under International Law
      This website features links to online materials on indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities rights under international law. It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to information on indigenous people. It is meant to be a guide to researching international law and indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities rights.

    • Resources and Contacts on Human Trafficking - The Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons, Global Rights - Partners for Justice

    • Seattle Burma Roundtable

      The Seattle Burma Roundtable (SBR) has been meeting on a regular basis since November, 1993. It is an umbrella group that is composed of members of the University of Washington Burma Action Group, the Seattle Campaign for a Free Burma, and any other community members who wish to support the struggle for freedom and justice in Burma (also known as Myanmar); provide medical and humanitarian aid for refugees and educate ourselves and others about the situation on the Thai-Burma border.

    • The Right to Education Project
      The Right to Education Project at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund, Sweden
      * is a public access human rights resource, the only such site in the world devoted solely to the right to education
      * defends and promotes - the right to education
      * human rights in education
      * human rights through education

    • ¡Sí a la Vida! Yes to Life!
      This is a program to rescue and rehabilitate street kids in Nicaragua- The Nicaragua Street Kids Project.

    • Truth and Reconciliation Home Page
      This official site includes press releases from the Commission, transcripts, amnesty decisions and statistics, background notes, links to other South African sides, and much more.

    • Women's Human Rights Sites
      Created by the University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library, this site inventories a large number of substantive web sites dedicated to the legal aspects of women and human rights. Beginning with a general site, it then subdivides into more specialized areas, such as women refugees, violence against women and women and the environment.

    • War Crimes Studies Center, University of California, Berkeley
      The War Crimes Studies Center is a research and documentation center that promotes and disseminates war crimes research, and houses a large archive of war crimes related documents dating from World War II to the present.
    • Zeno's Forensic Site
      On this webpage you will find information regarding forensic science, forensic medicine and forensic psychology. Zeno Geradts is a forensic scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Science Laboratory at the forensic computer science department in the area of forensic (video) image processing and pattern recognition.

    Electronic Discussion Groups, Directories, etc.

      The unofficial mailing list for Amnesty International members all over the world, AIMEMBERS-L invites all AI members and others to join. To subscribe to the list, send a message to saying subsingle to receive individual messages or subscribe to receive the digest. The address for sending email to the list is

    • Contact Center Network
      Here is a web site directory of over 8,000 nonprofit organizations. Arranged by topic and geographic location, the directory can be searched by keyword.

    • Newslink
      Newslink is one of several directories to newspapers on the web. It provides a constantly updated list of newspaper homepage links, searchable by geographic location, title, etc. News coverage of specific human rights issues currently appearing in the papers of the country involved may be accessible here.

    • Human Rights Network News - hrnetnews
      Human Rights Network News is a discussion group for students, faculty and the community at large interested in human rights education and research. It is a part of the University of Washington Human Rights Education and Research Network.

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