Other advocates of economic, social and cultural rights
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.
Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.
Business & Human Rights
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent, international, non-profit organisation, in a collaborative partnership with Amnesty International sections and leading academic institutions.
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs: Human Rights Initiative
The Human Rights Initiative was a multi year research and dialogue project of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, based in New York City. Finishing in 2005, the Human Rights Initiative aimed to provide critical perspective of what happens when international human rights confronts realities on the ground.
Centro de Derechos Economicos y Sociales
CDES was established in 1997 to confront the most pressing development threats in Latin America through human rights, interdisciplinary investigations and grassroots pressure. CDES' work is based on the belief that long-term solutions require an active and engaged civil society, and its projects are aimed at broadening participation and accoutnability. CDES grew out of CESR's office in Quito, Ecuador and is now an independent sister organization of CESR.
Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales
CELS was founded to foster and protect human rights and to strengthen the democratic system and Rule of Law in Argentina. CELS' activities include work on institutional violence, prison conditions, gender discrimination and economic, social and cultural rights justiciability.
Center for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)
The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit human rights organisation. COHRE is the leading international human rights organisation campaigning for the protection of housing rights and the prevention of forced evictions.
Center for Women's Global Leadership
The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide. CWGL's programs promote the leadership of women and advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. CWGL works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being.
Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM)
CADTM is an international network of individuals and local committees from across Europe and Latin America, Africa and Asia. It was founded in Belgium on 15th March 1990. The network acts in close liaison with other movements and organisations fighting for the same ideals. Its main preoccupation, besides the debt issue, is the planning of activities and radical alternatives for the creation of a world respectful of people's fundamental rights, needs and liberties.
Corporate Watch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe and works with those fighting for corporate accountability, human rights, social and environmental justice.
FIAN is an international human rights organization that since more than 20 years advocates for the realization of the right to food. FIAN consists of national sections and individual members in over 50 countries around the world.
Global Focus Aotearoa
Global Focus provides services to support critical analysis and a deeper understanding of global and development issues. Its website gives quick access to its lending library, magazines, teaching resources, email updates, training information and much more.
Grassroots International is an independent agency committed to progressive social change that provides grants and material aid, and advocates on behalf of community-based partner organizations in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Global Policy Forum
GPF monitors global policy making at the United Nations to promote a more open, accountable and democratic policy process at the global level so as to foster democracy, social justice, human rights and mutual solidarity. Their website includes resources on social and economic policy and on UN sanctions in Iraq and elsewhere.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 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.
Independent Media Center
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.
Institute for Policy Studies
IPS is a multi-issue progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. that offers resources for progressive social change locally, nationally, and globally through books, articles, films, conferences, and activist education.
International Council on Human Rights Policy
The International Council on Human Rights Policy provides a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking on matters of international human rights policy. In a complex world in which interests and priorities compete across the globe, the Council identifies issues that impede efforts to protect and promote human rights and proposes approaches and strategies that will advance that purpose.
International Network for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is an emerging coalition of organizations and activists from around the world dedicated to advancing economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).
Publish What You Pay Campaign
International oil, gas, and mining companies pay billions of dollars a year to the governments of many less developed countries that are rich in natural resources. Few of these countries' citizens benefit from this financial windfall, however, because of government corruption and mismanagement. The "Publish What You Pay" campaign aims to help citizens hold their governments accountable for how these resource-related funds are managed and distributed.
Scholar Rescue Fund (Institute of International Education)
Around the world, scholars have long suffered harassment, torture and persecution as a result of their work. In the worst cases, scholars pay with their lives for their dedication to scholarship and freedom of thought. The Institute of International Education, an independent nonprofit, has participated in the rescue of persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund as a formalized response to this ongoing international dilemma.
Social Watch is an international citizens' coalition monitoring implementation of the world governments' commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve gender equity. Their website includes country and thematic reports on economic and social conditions and a database of social development indicators.
Union for Radical Political Economics
URPE is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study, development, and application of radical political economic analysis to social problems.
ZNet: Global Economic Crisis
ZNet offers this Global Economics Crisis site as a source for understanding global economics and trade issues and particularly in preparation for ongoing demonstrations about economic justice.
North American Organizations
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals
Free Speech TV
Free Speech Internet Television provides news and media outlets that respond to the interests of that majority of the people whose voices are excluded or distorted in the corporate media.
Kensington Welfare Rights Union
KWRU is a multi-racial organization of, by and for poor and homeless people. KWRU is dedicated to the organizing of welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice.
MADRE works with community-based women's organizations in conflict areas worldwide to address issues of health, education, economic development and other human rights by providing resources and training for sister organizations and empowering people in the US to demand changes to unjust policies.
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
NESRI promotes cultural and political commitment to a sustainable comprehensive human rights vision for the United States that ensures dignity and access to the basic resources needed for human development and civic participation.
Pacifica Radio, WBAI
Pacifica Radio is a community-based radio network, with stations across the U.S., that seeks to promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression.
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee deals with issues of homelessness and poverty in Toronto, Canada.
United States Network on Human Rights
The US Human Rights Network was formed to promote US accountability to universal human rights standards by building linkages between organizations, as well as individuals, working on human rights issues in the United States. For more on CESR's involvement in U.S. Networks, click here
Developing Initiatives for Social and Human Action (DISHA)
Disha is a mass-based organization in Gujarat that started in 1985 with the aim of altering societal power relationships in favor of the poor to produce social change. Disha believes that only through altering the power balance among different communities may our current society be transformed into a more equitable one.
Human Rights Council of Australia
The Human Rights Council of Australia Inc is a private non-government organization which promotes understanding of and respect for human rights for all persons without discrimination through adherence to the International Bill of Rights, and other human rights instruments, internationally and within Australia.
INSAAF International is a non-profit membership organization which concentrates on economic, social and political rights education, awareness and advocacy in Punjab, India, including women' rights.