Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre--
From the Norwegian Refugee Council, a fine resource with
coverage of many ongoing situations of conflict-induced
internal displacement in the world. Includes thousands of
documents, hundreds of maps, country profiles, and
analyses of internal displacement at regional and global
International Human Rights Research
Guide-- Explains and links the main IGOs (especially
the UN), documents, treaties, and more, including by
subject matter. Written by Grace M. Mills, Director of the
Law Library at Florida A&M University and posted by GlobaLex at the Hauser Global Law
School Program, NYU School of Law.
United Nations Human Rights Treaties--
Thorough databank (with texts) and analytical source on UN
human rights treaties, accessible by state, theme, or
subject matter, from Professor A.F. Bayefsky, York
University, Canada, with "a range of data concerning the
application of the UN human rights treaty system by its
monitoring treaty bodies since their inauguration in the
• Amnesty International-- One of the
world's largest and most famous international voluntary
organizations dealing with human rights and political
repression. Their annual "State of the World's Human Rights" report is
available online, in addition to many other studies, news
reports, facts, and statistics. Use the Library to
search for relevant materials.
• Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State, with responsibilities in promoting democracy worldwide, formulating U.S. human rights policies, and coordinating policy in human rights-related labor issues.
• Carr Center for Human Rights Policy--
From the Kennedy School of Harvard University, with the
mission "to lead public policy debate, to train human
rights leaders and to partner with human rights
organizations to help them respond to current and future
challenges." Posts many items from the production of the
Center's faculty and distinguished guests.
• Child Rights Information Network--
Advocating a "world in which every child enjoys all of the
human rights promised by the United Nations, regional
organisations, and national governments alike," CRIN's
large site posts news, documents, guides, and many
publications on the topic, both by country and by themes.
Check the Library.
Penalty Worldwide-- From the Cornell University Law
School, analysis of the topic worldwide and database
"intended to provide detailed and transparent information
regarding the application of the death penalty in law and
in practice in every country that retains it."
• European Centre for Minority Issues--
NGO that "advances majority-minority relations in the
wider Europe through action, research and documentation...
supports the stabilization of areas of ethno-political
tension and conflict, contributes to the strengthening of
relevant legislation and best practices in governance, and
enhances the capacity of civil society actors and
governments to engage with one another in a constructive
way." All reports, working papers, and issue briefs are
available online in full-text.
• European Court of Human
Rights-- "The only truly judicial organ established
by the European Convention on Human Rights... [ensuring],
in the last instance, that contracting states observe
their obligations under the Convention... All of the
Court's judgments, and a significant selection of
decisions and reports, are published [online] in the HUDOC
database... The Press
Service has compiled
factsheets by theme on the Court’s case-law and
pending cases," plus country profiles and statistics.
Online-- From the Refugee Studies Centre at the
University of Oxford, "provides instant access to a wide
variety of online resources dealing with the situation of
forced migrants worldwide." Features an online library and
access to related journals, including Forced Migration Review.
• Freedom House-- Many online studies ranking countries on
measures of freedom, informative backgrounders, and other
publications are offered by this nonprofit, nonpartisan
U.S. organization dedicated to promoting democracy around
the world. Note especially their extensive yearly online
report "Freedom in the World."
• freedominfo.org-- "This site is a
one-stop portal that describes best practices,
consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies
and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of
information advocates around the world. It contains
crucial information on freedom of information laws and how
they were drafted and implemented, including how various
provisions have worked in practice."
• Global Migration Group-- A U.N.
"inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies to
promote the wider application of all relevant
international and regional instruments and norms relating
to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more
coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches
to the issue of international migration." Posts data,
documents and reports on the subject.
• H-Human-Rights-- "Discussion network
for scholars, policymakers, authors, historians, and other
interested people devoted to the history, analysis,
theory, and practice of human rights," a member of H-Net
Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine.
• Human Rights.gov-- Maintained by the U.S. Department of State as a "portal for international human rights related information from the United States Government."
• Human Rights in China-- An NGO
founded by overseas Chinese scientists and scholars in
March 1989, that monitors the implementation of
international human rights standards in China and carries
out human rights advocacy and education among Chinese
people inside and outside the country.
• Human Rights Watch-- Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, by investigating and exposing human rights violations and holding abusers accountable. Many reports online, including their annual World Report.
• HURIDOCS-- "International NGO helping human rights organisations use information technologies and documentation methods to maximise the impact of their advocacy work... an informal, open and decentralised network of human rights organisations who wish to put together their experiences and creativity to develop common standards and tools for information management." Posts analytical material, guidelines, and tools useful to human rights advocates and scholars.
• Integrated Regional Information Networks--
From the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs, news and analysis about crises and
humanitarian-related situations in developing countries,
and global issues, with e-mail alert service.
• Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights-- From "one of two bodies in the
inter-American system for the promotion and protection of
human rights," information on the Commission and about
human rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, published
as yearly reports, country reports, and in other formats.
• Inter-American Human Rights Database--
From American University's Washington College of Law,
archives documents of the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights. A topically related database and journal are
maintained by the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights Project at the Loyola Law School, Los
• International Center for Transitional
Justice-- NGO that "assists countries pursuing
accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights
abuse [and] works in societies emerging from repressive
rule or armed conflict, as well as in established
democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse
remain unresolved." Website posts information about the
work of the Center, news, and many analytical
publications, including the annual report.
• International Coalition for the
Responsibility to Protect-- Works to advance
Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and to promote concrete
policies to better enable governments, regional
organizations and the U.N. to protect vulnerable
populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes
and crimes against humanity. Site posts much news and
analysis about the R2P concept and specific cases of
severe human rights abuse around the world.
• International Commission of Jurists--
A leading organization of eminent jurists representative
of the different legal systems of the world and "dedicated
to the primacy, coherence and implementation of
international law and principles that advance human
• International Committee of the Red Cross--
This site incorporates much on human rights issues,
especially the War and Law and International
Humanitarian Law Database sections,
with treaties, documents, national laws, commentaries, and
• International Federation of Human Rights
Leagues-- Defending human rights since 1922, FIDH is
an activist NGO with national league members around the
world. News and publications online.
• International Labour Organization--
Much information about international labor standards and
conditions. Note the following databases-- NATLEX:
Database of national laws on labor, social security, and
related human rights; NORMLEX: Database of International
Labour Standards and National Laws; and LABORSTA:
Labour Statistics Database operated by the ILO Bureau of
Statistics. Labordoc has "references to a wide
range of print and electronic publications, including
journal articles, from countries around the world, on all
aspects of work and sustainable livelihoods, and the
work-related aspects of economic and social development
and human rights."
• International Organization for Migration--
This "leading international organization working with
migrants and governments to provide humane responses to
migration challenges" posts information about the IGO's
structure and work and the full text of many of its
analytical and policy publications and conferences on
internal and international migration issues.
• International Religious Freedom Report--
From the United States Department of State, a report on
the condition of religious freedom in countries around the
world, prepared annually for the U.S. Congress.
Institute-- "Independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit
think tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the study of
the movement of people worldwide," with much data and
analysis online, including country profiles. Note their Migration Information Source for
"fresh thought, authoritative data, and global analysis of
international migration and refugee trends... [and] useful
tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of
Rights Group International-- "Campaigns worldwide
with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure
that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples,
often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices
heard." Facts, figures, and useful analysis in the many
types of reports, studies and guides, minority rights law,
and the annual State of the World's Minorities
and Indigenous Peoples report.
• Office of Global Women's Issues-- In
the U.S. Department of State, this office "works for the
political, economic, and social empowerment of women."
Site posts news, videos, photos, speeches, and other items
on women's issues in the world and U.S. policies and
• Open Society Justice Initiative--
This "operational program of the Open Society Institute
pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection
of human rights, and contributes to the development of
legal capacity for open societies worldwide." Posts news,
information, and analysis on this topic, especially
regarding developing countries.
• OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights-- Based in Warsaw, Poland and "active throughout the OSCE area in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law." Posts many factsheets, newsletters, reports and documents on such issues.
Project-- Human rights research institute promoting
human rights values throughout the world, especially
“protection of human security, women’s and children’s
rights; fostering of civil society and NGO development
through capacity building and coalition building;
enhancement of the rule of law by encouraging citizen
participation in the political process; advancement of
human rights education; and elimination of trafficking in
persons.” Posts country reports, publications, laws, and
other materials in these topics.
• Refugee Studies Centre-- From Oxford University, "to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people." Posts excellent studies on that topic.
• Trafficking in Persons Report-- From the United States Department of State, reports on "severe forms of trafficking in persons" worldwide, prepared annually for the U.S. Congress.
• UN Women-- The United Nations Entity
for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women's site
describes the entity's work, and that of others, to
promote women's empowerment and gender equality. Posts
news and online publications on women's issues around the
world, including the biennial "Progress of the World's
Women" and the "World Survey on
the Role of Women in Development."
• United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)--
This U.N. agency "protects children and their rights by
providing services and supplies and by helping shape
policy agendas and budgets in the best interests of
children." UNICEF compiles and publishes information on
the situation of children, performance of countries in
caring for children, protection of children's rights, and
its programs for children. Many publications are online
about development as it affects children, such as the
annual The State of the World's Children.
Nations Documentation Research Guides-- Extensive
bibliography and links to U.N. documents on Human Rights,
Humanitarian Affairs, and related topics.
• United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights-- Publications, documents, treaties,
databases, special programs, conferences, links.
• United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees-- Very comprehensive source on the topic
and the UN's role. The Resources section gives access to
statistics, maps, reports, and documents.
• United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Page--
Master page for all United Nations sites on humanitarian
affairs, with full documentation and activities. Note IRIN,
"the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs," with
related news from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
• U. S. Commission on International
Religious Freedom-- "Created by the International
Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of
freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief
abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and related international instruments, and to give
independent policy recommendations to the President, the
Secretary of State, and the Congress." Site posts annual
reports, regional and country assessments, policy briefs,
newsletter, webcasts, and more.
Watch is a gateway to UN information and data on
women world-wide and an evolving forum on global women's
issues, to provide up to date information on the UN's work
on behalf of the women of the world, track the global
agenda for improving the status of women, and constitute
an electronic space for exchange of information and ideas
on women's issues.