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European & International Organizations & bodies concerned with human rights:

European & International Organizations & bodies concerned with human rights

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Human rights protection Many organizations around the world dedicate their efforts to the protection of human rights and bringing an end to human rights abuses. Organizations at governmental and grass-roots level Major human rights organizations document violations and call for remedial action, both at a governmental and grass-roots level. Public support and condemnation of abuses is important to success, as human rights organizations are most effective when their calls for reform are backed by strong public advocacy. Volunteering United for Human Rights encourages everyone to visit the following websites and to become active in one or more of these organizations’ programs. Take action!

Amnesty International:

Amnesty International Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. With more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries, they conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. amnesty.org

Human Rights Watch:

H uman Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. They investigate and expose human rights violations, hold abusers accountable, and challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. hrw.org

HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS (HRWF):

HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS (HRWF) HRWF focuses on monitoring, research and analysis in the field of human rights, as well as promotion of democracy and the rule of law on the national and international level. hrwf.net

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) :

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO) UNESCO’s goal is to build peace in the minds of men. Its work in the field of human rights aims to strengthen awareness and act as a catalyst for regional, national and international action in human rights. unesco.org

Children’s Defense Fund (cdf):

Children’s Defense Fund ( cdf ) The Children’s Defense Fund is a child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their right to equal care and education. childrensdefense.org

UNICEF—United Nations Children’s Fund:

UNICEF—United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a “ first call ” for children. unicef.org

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS:

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ mission is to work for the protection of human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. ohchr.org

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES:

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. unhcr.org/cgi

US STATE DEPARTMENT BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR:

US S TATE DEPARTMENT BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor strives to learn the truth and state the facts in all of its human rights investigations, annual reports on country conditions, etc. The bureau takes action to stop ongoing abuses and maintains partnerships with organizations committed to human rights. state.gov

OFFICE FOR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE):

OFFICE FOR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE) The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the osce, comprised of 56 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, is engaged in human rights activities focusing on freedom of movement and religion, preventing torture and trafficking in persons. osce.org/odihr

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, COUNCIL OF EUROPE:

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, COUNCIL OF EUROPE The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent institution within the Council of Europe, mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in 47 Council of Europe Member States. The Commissioner’s work thus focuses on encouraging reform measures to achieve tangible improvement in the area of human rights promotion and protection. As a non-judicial institution, the Commissioner’s Office cannot act upon individual complaints, but the Commissioner can draw conclusions and take wider initiatives on the basis of reliable information regarding human rights violations suffered by individuals. coe.int/t/commissioner

European Ombudsman:

European Ombudsman The European Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union. The Ombudsman is completely independent and impartial. ombudsman.europa.eu/

ActionAid:

ActionAid ActionAid was founded in 1972, with the focus primarily being to provide children with an education through donations. Global accounts are now reported in Euros and in 2007 and 2008 turnover was close to 180m Euros. It is an international anti-poverty non-governmental organization whose primary aim is to fight poverty worldwide. ActionAid has been a growing organization for over 30 years. Today, it helps over 13 million impoverished and disadvantaged people, in 42 countries worldwide. It works with local partners to fight poverty and injustice. actionaid.org

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The descriptions of the organizations above were taken from their own sites. We also need to thank Human Rights International for their information directing us to each site included in this presentation.

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THANK YOU FOR WATCHING By Fabio Abazaj “ Miltos Kountouras ” General Lyceum Athens, Greece

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