NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS
GAC is pleased to work alongside those individuals and NGOs deployed in the context of humanitarian crisis and human rights.
We help people fight for the rights that they are denied. Simple things, like the right to eat. The right to stay on their land. To an education. To have a say in the decisions that shape their lives. We’re not about giving handouts or telling people what to do, because in the long run we know that doesn’t work. Instead, we use our resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions. We listen to what people really want and need. We help communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and we give local organisations our support where they need it. Together, we’re making a lasting difference.
All people deserve to live in free societies that recognize human rights. We CONNECT activists, EMPOWER dissidents, and AMPLIFY new voices for freedom so that the world hears and acts. Prying open authoritarian countries requires demand from within as well as pressure from outside. At the core is the dissident, the catalyst for the people and the motivation for the world to act. We recognize the terrible risks they face. Many pay the ultimate price. Advancing Human Rights provides them with the technology to make their voices heard by institutions, the media, and other democratic societies.
The Canadian Centre for International Justice is a charitable organization that works with survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities to seek redress and bring perpetrators to justice. Thousands of people around the world and even some here in Canada are denied justice every day. Too often, there is no justice against those who plan and carry out atrocities, especially against people in war-torn regions, refugees, and immigrant. At a human level, justice provides critical healing to survivors of crimes. At a societal level, justice is a deterrent to genocides, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. There are two important parts of the international justice equation: justice for the survivors of crime, and consequences for the perpetrators.
Index is an international organisation that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression. The inspiration of poet Stephen Spender, Index was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. Today, we fight for free speech around the world, challenging censorship whenever and wherever it occurs. Index uses a unique combination of journalism, campaigning and advocacy to defend freedom of expression for those facing censorship and repression, including journalists, writers, social media users, bloggers, artists, politicians, scientists, academics, activists and citizens. Index believes that free expression is the foundation of a free society and endorses Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression”.
The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Our members comprise more than 150 independent organisations in over 70 countries.Our work is governed by these member organisations. Today, we are the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.
The International Service for Human Rights is an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. We achieve this by supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, and leading and participating in coalitions for human rights change. Our theory of change is founded on a proven formula, supported by over 30 years of research, frontline experience and a record of impact.
La Strada International (LSI) is a European NGO network against trafficking in human beings comprising eight member organisations in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia (FYROM), Moldova, The Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine and an international secretariat based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. LSI works from a human rights perspective in support of trafficked persons to ensure a world without trafficking in human beings where human rights are respected. LSI’s primary goal is empowering trafficked persons, improving their position through promoting their universal rights, including the right to choose to emigrate and work abroad and to be protected from violence and abuse. LSI’s philosophy, guiding its anti-trafficking work and its provision of services, is based on a human rights approach.
MSF is one of the world's leading independent international medical relief organizations, working in more than 70 countries worldwide and with operational centres and national offices in 21 countries. Our mandate concerns emergency relief, and the principles we honour while carrying out our work are contained in the MSF Charter. We launch our operations in areas where there is no medical infrastructure or where the existing one cannot withstand the pressure to which it is subjected.
The OSFs work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the OSFs place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Our goal is to build on the significant progress that has been achieved in recent years in securing women’s rights. Further improvements in legislation and policy are necessary but not sufficient. Our goal is sustained, widespread changes in attitudes and beliefs about gender power relations in order to further women’s rights and gender justice.
Freedom of expression and of information will always be the world’s most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses and alert the public, how would we resist the problem of children-soldiers, defend women’s rights, or preserve our environment? In some countries, torturers stop their atrocious deeds as soon as they are mentioned in the media. In others, corrupt politicians abandon their illegal habits when investigative journalists publish compromising details about their activities. Still elsewhere, massacres are prevented when the international media focuses its attention and cameras on events.
Reprieve is a small organisation of courageous and committed human rights defenders. Founded in 1999 by British human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, we provide free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: British, European and other nationals facing execution, and those victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing.
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