Social, economic justice
Aboriginal land rights
Action Plan for human rights
- Lowitja O'Donoghue's 2004 plan is available
from the NCCA's NATSIEC
as a booklet or as a PDF
- Australians working for a just refugee
- Amnesty International
- This major player has a wide range of
information and opportunities for action. Amnesty International Women’s Network has a “Stop Violence Against
Women “ Campaign. In
Tasmania, phone Amy 6223 3245
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
global mortality - of infants in particular
- Much information and advocacy available from Gideon
of Rights for Australia - 2004
- Greens MP Michael Organ proposes to introduce
a Bill to Parliament later in 2004.
- Bill of rights for Tasmania - 2005
Greens Web site gives the proposal from Greens MP Peg Putt.
for Human Rights Education
- Curtin University of Technology, Perth,
- Children in Detention Centres
Report of the inquiry into children
in detention centres, May 2004, is damning for the
Back Calls for Release of Abused Detainee Children, 13 May.
Liberties Council - Tasmania.
- To protect basic human rights and freedoms.
- citizen action
- An international alliance established in 1993
to nurture the foundation, growth and protection of citizen action
throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and
citizens' freedom of association are threatened.
Human Rights Initiative
- To promote awareness of and adherence to the
Harare Principles, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally and nationally
recognised human rights agreements. Although the promotion and protection of
human rights is the responsibility of governments, the active participation
of civil society is vital.
on Human Rights - search.
access to human rights and humanitarian law. Over 250 international
conventions analysed article by article, with country details.
of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
- This UN Convention is promoted by Women's
Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)
- What is meant and what has gone on.
Bay and other prisons See also Prisoner
- a non-sectarian Islamic human rights website
that exists solely to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror.
guards admit torture tactics
- Guards and others at the prison talked to the
New York Times. Aljazeera report of 17 October 2004
- Human Rights Act for Australia
- A draft Act is promoted in 2006 by New
Matilda - an ALP-stimulated policy development open forum.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC)
- The Australian Government's site, with
information and resources.
Report of the inquiry into children
in detention centres - May 2004.
It has a series of human
rights fact sheets are an essential information resource on the
development of human rights law. They provide background to issues
concerning human rights in Australia and in the international arena.
rights and the US/UK illegal attack on Iraq - Johan
Galtung, 24 June 2005.
- Address to the World Tribunal on Iraq meeting
- Human Rights Council of
new Human Rights Council will replace the old Commission for Human Rights
following an overwhelming vote by the UN General Assembly on March 15 2006.
No links available yet. More information from the UN
rights fact sheets of the Australian HREOC.
- These are an essential information resource on
the development of human rights law. They provide background to issues
concerning human rights in Australia and in the international arena.
- Human Rights Watch
- This useful site has many
resources, including evaluation of the International
Catholic Migration Commission
- ICMC works with refugees, internally displaced
people and forced migrants, and gives priority to the most vulnerable and
marginalized among these groups.
- Set up to deal with international abuses of
It has an informative
Federation for Human Rights
- Set up in 1922, It is now a federation of 116
independent Human Rights organisations in nearly 100 countries. FIDH’s
mandate is to act effectively and practically to ensure the respect of all
the rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the civil
and political rights, but also the economic, social and cultural
humanitarian law - the treaties relating to war in particular
Red Cross is the key Web site.
with a clear conscience - Netwerk Vlaanderen
- Belgian site, cluster bombs emphasis in
- Israel - human rights
- A February 2004 article in the Israeli Haaretz
Israel and the US over human rights.
- Works with a network of organizations based in
different countries in Africa, initiating and supporting civil society
activities for human rights, democracy, and peace in Africa.
- International campaign for the Millennium
Development Goal to eradicate poverty.
Tenaganita - Women's force
- To empower women: sex workers, migrants, and
workers in plantations and factories.
It now has a campaign
in support of Irene Fernandez imprisoned for disclosing rights
- A global Christian campaign which aims to
deepen our engagement with the poor; and to challenge leaders to achieve the
Development Goals, and so halve absolute global poverty by 2015!
Declaration of the UN
- and the Millennium
Development Goals, with details of the action
programme for the goals.
Challenge is an Evangelical Christian programme in support of these
Goals and action against poverty.
Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE)
- "To catalyse a human rights movement in
the U.S. by integrating a human rights framework into existing social
- New Matilda
- An online magazine, news and policy portal. An
independent alternative media voice, delivering accessible, informed comment
and debate. An ALP-stimulated policy development open forum.
Health Movement - Right to Health campaign
- PHM aims to draw on and support people's
movements in their struggles to build long-term and sustainable solutions to
health problems - to re-establish health and equitable development as top
priorities in local, national and international policy-making, with
comprehensive primary health care as the strategy to achieve these
- The Revolutionary Association of the Women of
Afghanistan is "revolutionary" in providing education and health
care for women under fundamentalist regimes, from 1977 to now.
is an Australian organisation actively supporting RAWA and human rights in
and Gender Equality - UNESCO
- UNESCO's experience, actions and resources in
promoting gender equality.
War and Peace
- On the impact of armed conflict on women and
girls as noted by Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).
- Women, peace and
security (Resolution 1325, Security Council).
- A project of WILPF.
It has an Australian
Web site for Resolution 1325.
- So that people understand their basic human
rights, that their rights are monitored and protected.
end of Democracy? - the "war on terror"
- Condensed version of essay by Stanford
Philosopher Richard Rorty, in London Review of Books, 1 April 2004.
- Torture - current US
- "A Question of
Torture : CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror"
- a book by Alfred McCoy, January 2006.
The CIA’s method combines “sensory deprivation” and
“self-inflicted pain”. They are widely used throughout the
copy the title into the "Books" search, to read detailed
- The Abu
Graib files, with commentary have been published (March 2006) by Salon.com.
They illustrate the latest implementation of the CIA torture
Corporations - watch
- The power of these institutions and how can
citizens gain democratic control over these institutions. The site is part
of the Global Policy
Forum. It has a Bribe
Payers Index (October 2006) PDF
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
- An account of education, relief and
declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948.
- "The inherent dignity and of the equal
and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation
of freedom, justice and peace in the world".
Aboriginal land rights and reconciliation
- The Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander
Racism in Australian Health Care
- The Medical
Journal of Australia May 2004 has a damning criticism of Australia's
racism, with a call for decency, respect and caring.
- Organises Sorry Day events annually on 26 May.
- Newspaper of the Central and Northern
Social and economic justice
- The oldest organization in the U.S. working on
African affairs. To promote political, economic and social justice in
Council for International Development
- New name for the Australian Council for
Overseas Aid (ACFOA). Australia's peak aid body.
relations with Asia- Pacific, 2007 - a report card on our
(PDF) of a survey of Asia Pacific non-governmental organisations
(NGOs) conducted in June-July 2006 by Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre
in partnership with Griffith Asia Institute. How is Australia perceived,
are these perceptions changing, do these organisations share Australia’s
concerns on foreign policy issues?
- E W B Australia works with disadvantaged
communities to improve their quality of life through the education and
implementation of sustainable engineering projects
Tasmanian Contact Todd Houstein
03-6226-2094, 0410 717 177.
- The Tasmanian
Centre for Global Learning has several links to fair trade and
Millennium Development Goals Web sites, including Make
Poverty History, and Make
Development Report of the United Nations
- The 2004
Report is about respect for people and their inclusion in society. For
their own solutions to the world’s ills, this book is a necessary point of
Uses of Philanthropy - Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too
- Affluent nations' government agencies are
important NGO funders. The most notorious is the US National Endowment for
Democracy (NED; ostensibly a nongovernmental foundation), created by
Congress in 1983 to do openly what had been CIA cold war covert activities.
- Institute of Public Affairs
- This conservative think tank promotes free
market ideology. It has its own NGO
Watch, to discredit NGOs working for social and economic justice. See
the ABC's Background Briefing of 18 March 2004.
Social Justice Centre (Uniya)
- A centre for social justice and human rights
research, advocacy, education and networking. Uniya seeks to focus attention
and influence Government policy and public opinion on key justice and human
rights issues in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. It draws guidance
from the Gospel vision and the riches of Catholic Social Teaching. Uniya
seeks to stand in solidarity with those on the margins of society.
Australia - Drop the debt
- Jubilee Australia's vision is a world in which
the people of countries trapped in a cycle of poverty are released from
the crushing burden of debt.
through EBay New October 2007.
- A micro finance opportunity MicroPlace,
described by a Business
Week article October 2007.
- Keep an eye on this site, which has been set
up by two conservative US organisations to keep an eye on NGOs, which it
regards as having too much influence: "The Growing Power of an
Unelected Few" is its complaint about NGOs, but NGOWatch is not elected
Council of Social Service
represent and uphold the interests of low income and disadvantaged people in
Tasmania. Ph 6231-0755
- "Education for all 2015" -
Social Forum 2004 - another world is possible
- The World Social Forum is "…an open
meeting place ... committed to building a society centred on the human
of the World Social Forum 19 January.
Council of Churches AGAPE commitment 2006, at the Porto
- ... " to act together for transformation
of economic injustice and to continue analyzing and reflecting on challenges
of economic globalization and the link between wealth and poverty."
for Our Brother & Sister Animals
- A Buddhist Animal rights vegan group
under the umbrella of an international Buddhist organisation www.FPMT.org.
We believe there will never be peace while animal exploitation exists.