Human Rights Around the World

The Advocates for Human Rights works to create systems change, strengthen accountability, raise awareness, foster tolerance, and help individuals more fully realize their inherent rights. The Advocates has a long history of developing innovative and sustainable strategies to hold governments accountable for human rights abuses and strengthening institutions in the international justice system.

Working with global partners, The Advocates for Human Rights:

  • Calls attention to human rights abuses through advocacy initiatives;
  • Partners with diaspora communities and human rights defenders in other countries to eliminate abuses; 
  • Spearheads transitional justice to help countries and people recover from conflict;
  • Recruits, trains, and integrates volunteers around the world into our advocacy work;
  • Leads volunteers on international fact-finding trips to document human rights violations;
  • Assists post-conflict countries to move to peace and accountability; and
  • Expands individual and group access to the United Nations and other international organizations that hold governments accountable.

We hold Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, and we participate in regional human rights mechanisms in many different countries. At the United Nations, we:

  • Present oral and written statements to charter-based bodies, such as the Human Rights Council;
  • Participate in UN review of compliance with human rights treaties through shadow reporting; and
  • Provide expert technical advice.

We also participate in regional human rights mechanisms, such as the African Commission on Human and People's Rights.

To view a full list of The Advocates' submissions to UN and other regional human rights mechanisms, please click here

Partnering to Promote, Protect Human Rights
Through our international monitoring missions, we produce reports on the rights of children, women's human rights, harassment of human rights defenders, military and police abuses, restrictions on freedom of the press, and other human rights abuses. Since 2002, The Advocates has adapted human rights monitoring methods to support social justice causes in countries such as Peru, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Women's Human Rights Work
Our international work regarding women's human rights is especially vital. We travel to countries worldwide to:

  • Document human rights abuses against women;
  • Change laws to better protect women;
  • Monitor implementation of the laws; and
  • Advocate for amendments to strengthen those laws. 

The Advocates has partnered with organizations in more than 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Morocco, Nepal, Mexico and Haiti, and in Minnesota. Staff and volunteers conduct in-country research through close collaboration with local women's non-governmental organizations, using traditional human rights fact-finding methods to document violations of women's human rights.

Human Rights Monitoring Tools and Resources
Materials listed here outline the tools and best practices used by groups and individuals around the world to bring human rights violations to light and to hold those responsible for human rights violations accountable.

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