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International Anti-Hate Organizations


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Advocacy Institute                                                             

The Advocacy Institute works to make social justice leadership strategic, effective, and sustainable in pursuit of a just world.  The Advocacy Institute remains grounded in the core values that demand justice for those denied justice; economic equality for those denied sustenance and opportunity; public health and security for those at preventable risk; and
access to political power for those who have been denied an equal voice in the policy-making process.  Through reflection, networking with fellow advocates and skill strengthening, the Advocacy Institute facilitates capacity building workshops and seminars that aim to strengthen social movements. These advocates draw on their sources of power through stories, the use of symbols and metaphors and find practical ways to navigate complex policy systems so that they can advance their public agendas.
The website offers numerous resources on how to build an effective advocacy campaign.  Such topics include how to build an effective team, information on how to craft the campaign, empowering the coalition, how to speak to inspire and how to fan the flame and get communities and nations excited.  The website is helpful to anyone who is looking to begin their own project or looking for new ideas. 
Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.  In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.  AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.
Amnesty International’s website provides users with a wealth of information and resources.  Every year AI releases a report on the current state of the world’s human rights.  These reports along with other documents can be found in their online library in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.  AI’s website also provides users with the status of their current campaigns, how to help get involved and how to find more information on the topic.  The website also directs internet users how to become a member. 

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Disabled Peoples International

Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.  The goals of DPI are to promote the human rights of disabled persons; promote economic and social integration of disabled persons; and develop and support organizations of disabled persons. 
DPI has regional locations in Africa, Asia and Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America.  Visitors are able to click on each  region where information can be found on special events being held in the area, as well as organizations in the area that advocate for rights for peoples with disabilities.  The website also publishes resources on a variety of topics which include aging and disability, community based rehabilitation, education, employment, hearing and deafness, HIV/AIDS and disability, human rights, independent living, mental health, international development and much more.  The DPI website can be viewed in English, French and Spanish. 

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Human Rights Internet                                                                

Founded in 1976, HRI is a leader in the exchange of information within the worldwide human rights community. Launched in the United States, HRI has its headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and from Ottawa, HRI communicates by phone, fax, mail and the Internet with more than 5,000 organizations and individuals around the world working for the advancement of human rights.  The mission of HRI is dedicated to the empowerment of human rights activists and organizations, and to the education of governmental and intergovernmental agencies and officials and other actors in the public and private sphere, on human rights issues and the role of civil society.                                                                                                                                            
The HRI website offers information regarding their Thematic Programs, links to partner sites, educational resources including published research articles and an online bookstore.  The website contains academic research on civil and political rights, specific groups, human rights and technology, international law and human rights protections, social, economic and cultural rights, and much more.  The website also offers a variety of job opportunities and volunteer prospects with its company or its partner companies.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch stands 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.  The Organization investigates and exposes human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.  Human Rights Watch challenges governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.  They enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.
The website houses recent publications by the organizations, news releases, and a photo gallery.  Visitors to the website can view information by country or theme.  Global Issues that are reported on included but not limited to Children’s Rights, Counterterrorism, International Justice, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Rights, Women’s Rights, Prisons, and economic, social and cultural rights. 

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International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC affects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.  IGLHRC responds to human rights violations in partnership with constituencies throughout the world. They help document abuses in convincing ways and help advocate for social change, locally, nationally, and internationally.  IGLHRC help educate our constituencies about human rights and sexual orientation/gender identity.
IGLHRC is dedicated to the fight for LGBT rights.  The website allows users to view published material, volunteer opportunities, and explains the many global projects that they are currently running.  IGLHRC provides regional support centers worldwide and is a partner in the fight against AIDS.  A service provided by the IGLHRC is called The Asylum Documentation Program which supports worldwide claims for political asylum made by those who fear persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV/AIDS status. This is achieved by providing documentation on human rights abuses perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and those living with HIV/AIDS.  The website can viewed in English or Spanish and provides a list of regional centers in various countries.

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Nizkor Proj
ect, The                                                                               

A few objectives of The Nizkor Project are to monitor the falsehoods, half-truths, and misinformation distributed via the Internet and other media by individuals and organizations that are fascist (including Nazi or neo-Nazi), racist, anti-Semitic, and/or that dishonestly and/or flagrantly reject established historical fact about the Nazi Holocaust; to refute or otherwise reply to those falsehoods, half-truths, and misinformation, with the aim of ensuring that they and their proponents remain firmly in the margin; to encourage, assist, and engage in such refutation by sponsoring and organizing collaborative research and writing efforts of both amateurs and experts around the world, including but not limited to historians, war-crimes prosecutors, lawyers, and witnesses, and/or to distribute such refutation; and to encourage a critical and skeptical awareness of history, science, and the acquisition of human knowledge generally, so as to foster a frame of mind which recognizes such falsehoods, half-truths, and misinformation for what they are.                                                                                                                                      
The website offers Holocaust research guides, special features and articles about the holocaust, the people who were involve in the holocaust, the Nuremberg trials, organizations involve in achieving the same objectives, and the Shofar FTP archives.  The Nizkor Project offers facts and evidence in response to the back lash against the holocaust and the Jewish community. 

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Wiesenthal Center  
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO both at the United Nations and UNESCO. With a membership of over 400,000 families, the Center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.  The Center closely interacts on an ongoing basis with a variety of public and private agencies, meeting with elected officials, the U.S. and foreign governments, diplomats and heads of state. Other issues that the Center deals with include: the prosecution of Nazi war criminals; Holocaust and tolerance education; Middle East Affairs; and extremist groups, neo-Nazism, and hate on the Internet.  Their work and resources can be viewed at The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s website.

Southern Poverty Law Cente
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.  The Center's legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society's most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. Over three decades, it has achieved significant legal victories, including landmark Supreme Court decisions and crushing jury verdicts against hate groups. 
The Centers Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. It provides comprehensive updates to law enforcement, the media and the public through its quarterly magazine, Intelligence Report. Staff members regularly conduct training sessions for police, schools, and civil rights and community groups, and they often serve as experts at hearings and conferences.
To combat the causes of hate, the Center in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom. Teaching Tolerance is now one of the nation's leading providers of anti-bias resources – both in print and online. The Center also has an online destination at for those wanting to dismantle bigotry and promote diversity in their communities. Launched in 2001, offers a wide variety of resources to support anti-bias activism. Its outreach component provides on-site help to concerned individuals and organizations who are working for unity in their communities.  The information mentioned above as well as the Annual Report are available online.

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United Nations                                                                                                        

The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity.  Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system.  Day in and day out, the UN and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease and reduce poverty.  The website offers daily briefings, press releases, a section where one can listen to the radio or television, documents and maps, and publications dedicated to the work of the UN.  The UN website allows users to view and read about their current projects and programs and up to date news on current events happening around the world.  The United Nations is one of the worlds leading organizations aimed at the advancement of human rights and human life.

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