As long as there is a threat to civil or human rights around the world, there will be organizations out there trying to stop it. The following are some examples.
Amnesty International is perhaps one of the most well known human rights groups in the world, as well as one of the first of its kind. Founded in 1961 in London, England, this organization can boast of approximately 7 million members worldwide. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The motto of Amnesty International is “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Peter Benenson founded this non-profit group to do research and action to prevent human rights abuses wherever it may happen.
In fact, Benenson started this organization based on an incident that involved two Portuguese students who were imprisoned because they wanted their country to be freer. He published an article about this and it went on to be re-published in many magazines around the world, provoking many people to criticise the Portuguese government.
The Carter Center
Started by former President and his wife Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1982, the Carter Center was established to help get rid of human suffering as well as to improve people’s lives economically.
The center has offices in over 80 countries worldwide. Apart from this the Carter Center also takes part in activities that help promote democracy, by taking part in election monitoring. They have also offered to be mediators between warring countries. In fact, by 2002, President Carter went on to win a Noble Prize for his work in finding peaceful solutions to global conflicts.
From all of this, it is easy to see that the Carter Foundation is a different type of human rights foundation, compared to most. This stems from the belief that a lot of human rights abuses that happen in the world come from bad communication between cultures and nations.
Free the Slaves
People tend to think that slavery was a phenomenon that existed in a different era, a different time. But the unfortunate truth is that it is still alive and well today, close to 30 million, by some estimates.
Free the Slaves was founded as a not for profit back in 2000. It is based in Washington D.C and so far they have helped thousands of people around the world escape from bondage. Currently, the organization is busy helping people in regions where slavery is a real problem, such as Asia and a few countries in Africa.
The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey in 2007. They founded this organization based on their personal experience with injustices of Maricopa County Sheriffs department.
They were able to start Frontera fund after they won a settlement against the Sheriff’s department. The Fund strives to protect immigrants rights as well as freedom of speech.