On December 10, 1948, the United Nation General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlined the rights for all people irrespective of their gender, class, religion, or race.
However, 69 years after signing the declaration, the world is still struggling and striving for the ideals of personal freedom and foreign policy stipulated in this document. To successfully stop violations and end impunity in different parts of the world, we cannot neglect the role of human rights groups. Below are some examples of such groups.
Human Rights Foundation
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF), headquartered in New York, USA, is a non-profit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, especially in closed societies. Since its founding in 2005, HRF has been working on special projects in countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, and Cuba. Some of these projects include providing free healthcare and educational facilities to widows, unemployed and children.
To effectively facilitate its role, the Human Rights Foundation partners with other foundations like John Templeton Foundation and Bradley Foundation. In 2014, HRF received a $ 1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation toward a program called “Speaking Freely”.
International Federation for Human Rights
The role of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is to defend human rights violations, improve the safety of victims, and prosecute those answerable to these violations. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The organization has the general mandate to defend all the rights stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has the support of more than 150 human rights groups across the world. FIDH’s total income by 2012 was around $ 7.1 million, of which about 80 percent came from donations and grants.
Amnesty International, commonly known as Al or Amnesty, has the third longest history and is one of the renowned human rights organizations in the world. With more than 7 million members and supporters in more than 150 countries, Amnesty interacts with people through social media and other platforms to better understand their issues.
Its areas of specialization include the rights of children, women, and minorities, refugee rights, stopping death penalty and ending torture, and protection of human dignity. In 1977, Amnesty International, founded in 1961 in London, received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund (LLFF) was founded by Michael Lacey, an editor, and Jim Larkin, a publisher, to fund human, civil, and migrant civil rights groups in Arizona. The source of the funds was the $ 3.75 million settlement, arising out of their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
On October 17, 2007, the two journalists were arrested in their homes and jailed after revealing the availability of grand jury proceedings seeking reporters’ notes on articles covering Arpaio.
The illegal imprisonment of Larkin and Lacey set off a lengthy legal battle centered on First Amendment rights and abuse of power, and in 2013, the court made it clear that the two reporters were detained without probable cause, paving the way for a $ 3.7 million settlement.