Human Rights
Alphabetical List of Links and Notes
Alien Tort Claims Act "has been used for more than twenty years to sue individuals responsible for egregious human rights abuses"
Amnesty International Annual Report 2000
Anti-Slavery Portal if you think slavery ended in 1865, think again -- one of 13 hot spots for slavery is the U.S... "the CIA estimates that 50,000 children are trafficked into the U.S. each year as slaves"
Antitrust Division, Dept. of Justice committed to promoting and protecting the competitive process through the enforcement of the antitrust laws of the United States (Scout Report)
Beijing +5: Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish
Beyond Reason: The Death Penalty and Offenders with Mental Retardation
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Buying Influence, Selling Death reveals how the tobacco industry has exploited the campaign finance system to influence lawmakers and block action on major initiatives to regulate the industry - report from Common Cause, The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, The American Heart Association, and The American Lung Association
California First Amendment Coalition
A CALL TO ACTION ON SANCTIONS AND THE U.S. WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, article by Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman, Edward Said, and Howard Zinn
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict established to identify new approaches for addressing intergroup violence. This site includes a series of online publications that discuss the causes of conflict and means for preventing it
Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District 82-page report from Human Rights Watch
Child Labor information and reports and news
Children of Conflict stories of children caught in war zones, in their own words
Chile -- Progress Stalled Setbacks in Freedom of Expression Reform
Concise Guide to Human Rights on the Internet
Congressman's Wife done dirty by her influencial husband, this woman has started a site for people abused by the powerful (this is Charlie Gonzalez' ex-wife)
CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES page of links
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices U.S. Dept. of State
Crimes of War "Our goal is to promote understanding of international humanitarian law among journalists, policymakers, and the general public, in the belief that a wider knowledge of the legal framework governing armed conflict will lead to greater pressure to prevent breaches of the law, and to punish those who commit them" - articles and news
Derechos links to human rights Web sites organized by country and by type of resource; news and information
The 'Dirty War' in Chechnya: Forced Disappearances, Torture and Summary Executions
Domestic Violence Law Information State-by-state legal information and resources on domestic violence
European Centre For Minority Issues
Fédération Internationale des Ligues de Droits de l’Homme The first international NGO to promote human rights, FIDH is made up of over 100 organizations in 86 countries. Its site is available in French, English, and Spanish
FEWER: Forum for Early Warning and Early Response The objective of this NGO partnership is to “develop a system of early warning and early response to help prevent, resolve or mitigate violent conflicts and civil wars.”
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "...It hears only one side of every case -- the government's. No defense attorney or member of the public has ever attended one of its sessions... FISC decisions cannot be appealed by a defendant -- not even to the Supreme Court.."
Gender Equality UNICEF site - "Discrimination robs girls and women of the the power to make decisions, to earn a living and to be free from violence, abuse and exploitation. Often it deprives them of any legal protection"
Getting Online for Human Rights for advocates interested in using the Internet as a vehicle for promoting human rights
Green Net "supporting and promoting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment"
Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law: Human Rights highlights a number of useful resources on the Internet that can facilitate human rights research
HATE page of links
Human Rights Hot Paper Topics
Human Rights First Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. LCHR focuses on “building the legal institutions and structures that will guarantee human rights in the long term.” Its site describes its activities, including its work on behalf of persecuted lawyers and judges, its program for refugees and asylum-seekers, and its promotion of the International Criminal Court
Human Rights Internet Based in Canada, HRI promotes information exchange within the human rights community. Its extensive site includes full-text articles from the Human Rights Tribune, a human rights Internet directory, conference information, UN documents, international treaties, and more
Human Rights Library U. of Minnesota - many links and documents
Human Rights Meta Search Engine
Human Rights Page for Colby Glass class on critical thinking
Human Rights Report U.N. report on the quality of life indicators in 162 countries [pdf]
Human Rights Today provides a helpful introduction to the concept of universal human rights, reviews the history that led to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and describes the principal United Nations (UN) bodies that deal with human rights issues
Human Rights Tribune quarterly; link to human rights Websites worldwide; job postings from human rights organizations
Human Rights Watch news and information - "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. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.
Human Rights Watch World Report 2001 divided by continent and topic
Human Rights Watch World Report 2002 addresses developments in sixty-six countries
Human Rights Violations Amnesty International Report 2001
HuriSearch search engine provided by Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International
Inequality.org info on the divide in income, "the great unmentionable"
Interactive Index of Economic Freedom "a practical reference guide to the economies of 161 countries, with detailed information about economic policy" - the search function is capable of country to country comparisons
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Comprised of 39 national Helsinki Committees that work to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America and the Central Asian Republics, the Vienna-based IHF monitors compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act. The site provides information on IHF’s projects, lists the individual committees and links to those with Web pages, and offers a number of full-text reports
International Religious Freedom report by U.S. Dept of State
International Trafficking In Women To The United States: A Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery and Organized Crime (PDF) report concludes that as many as 50,000 women and children are trafficed into the US from Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe each year for prostitution or to serve as servants or laborers
International Women's Day UN celebration
Lawrence v. Texas gay rights
Male Rape in U.S. Prisons this Human Rights Watch report charges that indifference and even feigned ignorance on the part of prison authorities are responsible for the widespread existence of male prisoner-on-prisoner violence in US prisons
Minority Rights works to protect the rights of ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities. The organi-zation’s programs and activities are described on its site, and summaries of its publications and profiles are provided
Mothers Movement "purpose is to serve as a clearinghouse for resources and ideas that support social change to improve the status of mothers and others who are responsible for care work in our society"
Nobel laureate decries inequality "The failure by governments across the Islamic world to respect women's rights has hampered even hesitant steps toward political change, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said yesterday as the United Nations observed International Women's Day"
peaceCENTER -The peaceCENTER supports the learning of peace in our lives and the demonstration of peace within our community. Violence is a learned behavior, and so is nonviolence.
Peru in "The Eye of the Storm" "declassified U.S. documentation on human rights abuses and political violence"
Planned Parenthood
Police Brutality and Accountability - "Shielded from Justice" report from Human Rights Watch; detailed accounts of brutality cases - organized by city
Religious Freedom Report, International from the U.S. State Dept.
Reporting Limits During War
Rights At Work "The companies have armies of high priced legal talent who try to help them skirt the law and fill in the gray areas in a manner which is helpful to the corporations. I am trying to even the playing field a little. The internet gives me the chance to provide you with timely information on crucial subjects such as sexual harassment, age discrimination, handicap discrimination, corporate work force reductions"
Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools Human Rights Watch report
S.O.A. Watch tracks and reports on activities at the School of the Americas
School of the Americas Watch "The US Army School of Americas (SOA), based in Fort Benning, Georgia, trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of the SOA are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America"
Second Harvest - "The Second Harvest network of 188 regional food banks serves all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and distributes more than one billion pounds of donated food and grocery product annually."
Secrecy News subscribe to an eletter on government secrecy; archives are available at the site
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later the Justice Department wants to make torture a common situation in the U.S.
Smoking - Buying Influence, Selling Death "tobacco policy presents one of the clearest examples of how campaign contributions have distorted the political process to protect special interests rather than the public interest" - from The American Heart Association, and The American Lung Association
STOP THE WAR
Stories from the Aftermath of Infamy in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, Arab and Muslim Americans and other citizens of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent fear for their lives, worry about their futures, and question the validity of their constitutional rights
Sweatshops.org all about sweatshops and child labor and how to combat them and make purchases without supporting them
The Tribe Germany Wants To Forget genocide of Herero Tribe
Tobacco - Buying Influence, Selling Death "tobacco policy presents one of the clearest examples of how campaign contributions have distorted the political process to protect special interests rather than the public interest" - from The American Heart Association, and The American Lung Association
unitedstates.htm Tolerance.org latest stories on tolerance issues
Torture Trade, Stopping the
Uganda in Eastern DRC: Fueling Political and Ethnic Strife Human Rights Watch report
US Department of State: 2001 Human Rights Reports
Washington, DC Explore DC covers the famous buildings and people of DC
Why does the American Constitution Lack Social and Economic Guarantees? critical Supreme Court appointments made by President Nixon may have effectively undercut an emerging movement that may have led to the incorporation of such guarantees into the Constitution - a working paper from the University of Chicago
Women becoming main victims of AIDS - UN "..girls and young women now account for nearly two-thirds of people worldwide under 24 who are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.. He stressed that the strategy of trying to combat the illness through abstinence and the use of condoms was not "realistic" for many women, whom he said are suffering because of their inferior status in many societies"
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION page of links


"McCarthyism is loose on our land again, pushed not by one deranged, malicious senator, but by a self-righteous, slow-witted president who is under the wing of such maniacal, anti-democratic ideologues as Cheney, Rumsfield, and Ashcroft" (Jim Hightower, The Texas Observer, 6/6/03).


"No man is justified in doing evil on grounds of expediency" (Theodore Roosevelt).


"We lost a big chunk of our democracy on September 28, 2006. That was the day the Senate voted, 65 to 34, to approve the Military Commissions Act, assuring that this "flagrantly unconstitutional" bill, as Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont accurately labeled it, would become law...

"This law skews our system of checks and balances. It eviscerates the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. And it repudiatees the Magna Carta.

"It allows the President of the United States to label anyone--including a US citizen--an enemy combatant and to deprive that person of basic due process rights to challenge his or her detention in court. And it authorizes the President "to try alien unlawful enemy combatants" (the bill's terminology) before a military tribunal, with inferior legal safeguards. If convicted of a serious crime in such a kangaroo court, these enemy combatants can then be executed.

"This law destroys the writ of habeas corpus, the guarantee that you can challenge your detention in court...

"This law, says Vincent Warren, executive director of the center, gives the President "the privelege of kings."

"The law also dilutes Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. The Supreme Court, in the Hamdan decision this past June, said the Executive Branch had to uphold Common Article 3. But this new law says forget about that.

"Common Article 3 requires nations to treat detainees "humanely," and it forbids "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture" and "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment...

"The passage of this law indicates that we are not a "civilized people"...

"One last thing: The Military Commissions Act retroactively grants immunity to Bush Administration officials who countenanced torture. Bush and Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales thus gave themselves, as the ACLU notes, a "get out of jail free" card for their previous actions...

"Historians looking back on our era will describe the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act as bookends on the shelf marked "the assault on democracy"" (Matthew Rothschild. Comment. The Progressive, Nov. 2006: 8-9).


Privacy

"If there remained any doubt about whether US Senator Russ Feingold did the right thing when he moved to censure President Bush for illegally ordering warrantless wiretapping of Americans, it should have been removed by the news that the Wisconsin Democrat's call for accountability immediately earned the wrath of Vice President Dick Cheney, Washington's pre-eminent advocate of executive excess. Rejecting the suggestion that citizens might be concerned about the Administration's disregard for laws written to protect the constitutionally defined right of Americans to be secure from secret searches and seizures, Cheney said, "The American people have already made their decision. They agree with the President."

"Cheney knows that's not the case. The warrantless siretapping was kept strictly secret before the 2004 presidential election--by the White House and by the New York Times, which apparently had the story--so voters never had an opportunity to decide whether they wanted to re-elect a President who first lied to them about the spying and then, when caught, brazenly declared that he would continue to authorize eavesdropping on the phone conversations of US citizens" ("Censoring Censure." The Nation, April 10, 2006: 4).


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