Human Rights Organizations and Web Sites: A Small Selection

Episcopal Peace Fellowship; November 10, 2011


National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).  Web  Main issues: Commission of Inquiry, Optional Protocol, Torture, esp. solitary confinement, in U.S. prisons.  Provides resources (videos, banners, study guides, literature)

Episcopal Peace Fellowship – WNY (not updated; e-mail

American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) and NY affiliate (NYCLU).  General website,; for torture,  Huge number of issues, including dissenter/demonstrator rights, use of state secrets privilege to avoid accountability for torture and extraordinary rendition.  NYCLU working with Steven Reisner, a psychologist on case against state board that supervises psychologists, re their involvement in torture  Also works on solitary confinement

Amnesty International.  Has local groups, also national (“section”) offices, including one for U.S., and international secretariat where Julia Hall works.  Not clear whether there are local groups in Buffalo that are currently active.  U.S. web site

Human Rights Watch

Center for Constitutional Rights  works on Guantanamo, U.S. death penalty regimen as torture preceding execution, much else

Witness Against Torture  focused on actions against Guantanamo, Bagram, etc., including fasts, civil disobedience, Jan 11.

Buffalo Human Rights Center (at UB)  Educational programs.  A journal: Human Rights Law Review

Erie County Prisoner Rights Coalition

Physicians for Human Rights

Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)

School of the Americas Watch  (n.b. School of the Americas is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation)

Center for Justice and Accountability. . 

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.  Put forward NYS bill making participation in torture grounds for discipline in medical profession

Psychologists for Human Rights.  No working web site; on Facebook.

Participants in Jan 11 action that are not otherwise primarily focused on human rights, but rather on more general peace or civil liberties issues.  Pax Christi; does a lot of School of the Americas.  Has a local chapter, no web site; contact Bill Privett  Catholic Worker .  War Resisters League .  Code Pink; has a local chapter.  Bill of Rights Defense Committee September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrow  National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (can’t find web site).  World Can’t Wait and it’s subsidiary War Criminals Watch, formerly AfterDowningStreet

And two people who valuable blogs with great emphasis on human rights and civil liberties: Scott Horton and Glenn Greenwald  Another frequent source of human rights info you won’t find in the mainstream media: radio show Democracy Now, available at