Human Rights Organizations and Web Sites: A Small Selection
Episcopal Peace Fellowship; November 10, 2011
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Web www.nrcat.org 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 http://epfwny.org/ (not updated; e-mail email@example.com)
American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLU) and NY affiliate (NYCLU). General website, http://www.aclu.org/; for torture, http://www.aclu.org/national-security/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 http://www.nyclu.org/case/reisner-v-catone-challenging-office-of-professional-disciplines-failure-investigate-and-sanctio Also works on solitary confinement http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/stop-solitary-articles-other-resources
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 http://www.amnestyusa.org/
Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/
Center for Constitutional Rights http://ccrjustice.org/ works on Guantanamo, U.S. death penalty regimen as torture preceding execution, much else
Witness Against Torture http://www.witnesstorture.org/ focused on actions against Guantanamo, Bagram, etc., including fasts, civil disobedience, Jan 11.
Buffalo Human Rights Center (at UB) http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/BHRC/ Educational programs. A journal: Human Rights Law Review
Erie County Prisoner Rights Coalition http://ecprc.weebly.com/
Physicians for Human Rights http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) http://tassc.org
School of the Americas Watch http://www.soaw.org/ (n.b. School of the Americas is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation)
Center for Justice and Accountability. www.cja.org .
Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. http://www.survivorsoftorture.org/ 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 http://paxchristiusa.org/; does a lot of School of the Americas. Has a local chapter, no web site; contact Bill Privett firstname.lastname@example.org. Catholic Worker www.catholicworker.org . War Resisters League www.warresisters.org . Code Pink www.codepink.org; has a local chapter. Bill of Rights Defense Committee http://www.bordc.org/. September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrow http://peacefultomorrows.org/ National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (cant find web site). World Cant Wait http://www.worldcantwait.net/ and its subsidiary War Criminals Watch http://warcriminalswatch.org/. http://warisacrime.org/, formerly AfterDowningStreet
And two people who valuable blogs with great emphasis on human rights and civil liberties: Scott Horton http://harpers.org/subjects/NoComment and Glenn Greenwald http://www.salon.com/writer/glenn_greenwald/. Another frequent source of human rights info you wont find in the mainstream media: radio show Democracy Now, available at http://www.democracynow.org/