5 top human rights organizations in the world

Human right is something every individual is entitled to by virtue of being human. The basic principle behind human rights is respect for the individual. It is assumed that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity.

Human rights are universal; it goes between races, tribes, countries, nations and continents. It is interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. Despite the fact that everyone is entitled to human rights, there are still some people who exploit it.

There are however organizations that have been set up to fight violation of human rights. Below is a list of 5 biggest human rights organizations in the world.

  1. Amnesty International

With the growing rate of terrorism and political crimes, agencies like Amnesty International are needed. The major focus of the organization is to conduct research and generate action to prevent abuse of human rights, also to demand justice for those that have had their rights violated.

The organizations beneficiaries include domestic and open countries; it encourages improvements in the overall treatment of human beings despite their station in life. It has over 3 million supporters and members in over 150 countries and territories. As for financing, they get funds from their members, they however do not accept funding from governments or governmental agencies as this might present a conflict of interest.


  1. Global Rights

Global Rights is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of marginalized populations through capacity building. It is run by a board of 17 memebers that comprises of senior lawyers, journalists and academicians that contribute most of the funding. It has a 70 member staff most of which are largely part time workers or volunteers.

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The NGO works with local activists largely in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It uses broad based technical assistance and training to strengthen partners to document and expose human rights abuses. They also carry out outreaches and mobilization and advocate for legal resources and programming on behalf of their members.

They also focus on gender equality, ethnic and racial equality.


  1. Human Rights Watch

The organization focuses majorly on human rights activism. Its major aim is to kick against opposition or violations of basic human rights like freedom of religion or freedom of press including capital punishment and gender discrimination.

It researches on violations and draws the attention of international bodies to abuses. It also presses for government and international organizations reforms.

It operates in Africa, America, Middle East and North Africa. It receives its funding majorly from George Soros Open Society Foundation.


  1. The International Committee of the Red Cross

The mission statement of the Red Cross states that

“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral, and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.”

The Red Cross strives to strengthen humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles through organization of international relief.

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The major beneficiaries of the Red Cross are wounded soldiers in battlefields. The Red Cross operates in 80 different countries with a total number of 11,000 employed people worldwide.

The Red Cross is funded through voluntary donations and appeals.


  1. International Federation for Human Rights

Their major focus is to protect human rights defenders, ensure effective human rights, and justice for all while keeping human rights in view. The organization has 178 human rights organizations in more than 100 countries.  It also provides training and assists in creating opportunities for dialogue with authorities.

It gets its funding through donations from the public and from private businesses, contributions from its member organizations and on the commitment of its voluntary workers. It also receives grants from international and national bodies, and from foundations.

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