International Human Rights organisations

The Elders -

Out of deep concern for the challenges currently facing all of the people of the world, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu convened a group of leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling some of the world's toughest problems. The Elders are twelve men and women who can speak freely and act publicly and behind the scenes on actions that need to be taken.

United Nations - Human Rights -

This site hosts information on the main UN bodies dealing with human rights, such as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the various treaties on human rights (including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights) and a document research resource.

International Commission of Jurists -

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights. It provides objective and authoritative legal expertise at international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.

The Commission is composed of sixty eminent jurists representing the different legal systems of the world. Based in Geneva, the International Secretariat is responsible for the realisation of the aims and objectives of the Commission. In carrying out its work, the International Secretariat benefits from a network of autonomous national sections and affiliated organisations located in all continents.

Council of Europe -

The Council of Europe is an international organisation of 46 member states in the European region. Membership is open to all European states which accept the principle of the rule of law and guarantee fundamental human rights and freedoms to their citizens. The Council established the European Convention on Human Rights in 1950, which serves as the basis for the European Court of Human Rights. The Council focuses its work on protecting democracy and the rule of law as well as safeguarding human rights, especially social rights (with the European Social Charter). The Council seeks to promote European cultural identity and diversity and runs programmes that address problems facing European society such as discrimination, xenophobia, environmental degradation, AIDS, drugs and organised crime.

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights -

The UN monitors economic, social and cultural rights through this body by checking implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its State parties. The site covers the Committee and its work, reporting guidelines and the progress with introducing an Optional Protocol for the Covenant.

United Nations Human Rights Committee -

This section of the UN monitors civil and political rights. The site contains the text of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Optional Protocols, details of the Committee and its work and guidelines on how to process a report to it as well as the individual complaints procedure.

International Service for Human Rights -

The International Service for Human Rights is a service organisation that supports, encourages, and facilitates the work of others with and within the United Nations system and regional human rights systems. It works at national, regional and international levels.