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​HUMAN is a human rights project whose goal is to boost young people’s self-esteem, confidence and encourage fellowship through music and community dance. It sees itself as the nucleus of a whole range of initiatives and organisations associated with human rights. Many of these German-based and international organisations offer literature and other materials and are delighted by your interest and desire to join in:

“Stand up for the brave”

Amnesty International (NGO)

… setzt sich für Menschen ein, die aufgrund ihrer Meinung oder ihrer politischen Aktivitäten diskri­miniert, verfolgt, verhaftet oder gefoltert werden. Amnesty international (AI) schafft durch Kampagnen Öffentlichkeit und macht unter anderem durch Briefaktionen an Verantwortliche deutlich, dass Menschenrechts­verletz­ungen nicht übersehen werden. Schwerpunkt: politische Gefangene, Folter. AI ist Friedens­nobelpreisträger und die weltweit größte Menschenrechtsorganisation.

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“Bringing young human rights activists together”

Amnesty Youth (NGO)

… is Amnesty International’s youth organisation. Through creative activities and campaigns, it wants to draw the public’s attention to violations of human rights.

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Literature

„Defending Human Rights Worldwide“

Human Rights Watch (NGO) 

… raises awareness of human rights violations worldwide and lends victims a voice. The goal of its work across the globe is to create the legal and moral bases for a permanent transition to greater justice and the end of human rights violations. A report on the situation regarding civil liberties and human rights is published in Germany every year.

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Literature

“In the spirit of Carl von Ossietzky”

The International League for Human Rights (NGO)

... is the world’s oldest human rights organisation. As a global umbrella organisation of the human rights movement, it considers its prime purpose as: “monitoring governments, authorities and policy makers and ensuring that the general public is critical”. It monitors trials, educates people on right-wing radicalism and racism and fights for an unrestricted, fundamental right to asylum for people suffering persecution.

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“Standing up for human rights”

Institut für Menschenrechte e.V. (sponsored by the German government)

… focuses on education and encourages society to be aware of and implement norms and laws to protect human rights.

The book "Compass. A Manual on Human Rights Education with young people" offers over 600 pages of ideas and materials on human rights education. It is published by the German Institute for Human Rights Education, the Council of Europe, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Amnesty International and the Lucerne University of Teacher Education. The book has been translated into 30 languages and is available for download free of charge. 

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“Dignity for human beings”

Bread for the World (German protestant churches’ aid organisation)

… funds development work worldwide and collaborates with ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical organisations. Its many projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and eastern Europe focus on food security, encouraging education and good health, boosting democracy, respecting human rights, gender equality and the integrity of creation. Bread for the World offers lots of material, publications to download or printed versions at:

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Literature

“At the side of the weak”

Misereor (the Catholic Church’s aid organisation)

… helps people to help themselves by collaborating on local partner projects in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. Key areas of interest are standing up for human rights, access to drinking water, the fight against AIDS, climate change and poverty. Typical activities are developing health systems, adult education, funding small businesses, helping people to build housing and empowering women.

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“Freedom of the press is a human right”

Reporters without Borders (NGO)

… is an international NGO and advocates for freedom of the press and opposes censure worldwide. It underlines the right to freedom of opinion and expression and one focus is its support for journalists under arrest for political reasons. Programmes for young people, world map of press freedom.

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Literature

“Aid for children in need”

Terre des Hommes Deutschland e.V. (NGO)

…upholds children’s rights by supporting projects to prevent hunger, child labour, child prostitution, child trafficking and child soldiers. “We help refugee children, look after the victims of war, violence and abuse and ensure they receive education and training.”

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“Women’s rights are human rights”

Terre des Femmes e.V. (NGO)

… is committed to putting an end to the discrimination of women and advocates for women and girls to live equal and independent lives. It concentrates on opposing domestic and sexual violence, forced marriages and honour killings, female genital mutilation and trafficking of women and prostitution.

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(only in German)

 “We create safe harbours”

Seebrücke (NGO) 

… is committed to stopping the criminalisation of sea rescue and demands that policy makers establish safe routes and receive refugees in a humane way. Safe harbours are municipalities and districts that welcome these people and reject isolationist policies. The aim is for people to join them everywhere and plan activities themselves.

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“Today’s fight for tomorrow’s freedom”

Anti-Slavery International (NGO)

... describes modern slavery as a form of exploitation through forced labour, prostitution, low wages, forced marriages, expulsion and other methods of using a lack of rights and poverty to exploit others. A quarter of modern-day slaves are children. The organisation takes part in projects with local organisations the world over.

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“No to a Europe of detention and refugee camps”

Pro Asyl (NGO) 

… fights for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees across the world. It focuses on public relations, research and debate on human rights violations, advising refugees in asylum cases and supporting their lawsuits.

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“Change begins with you. Commit to the five common values.”

The Weltethos Project (NGO) 

… setzt auf eine gemeinsame Basis, auf einfache, weltweit bereits existierende und geteilte Werte, um ein friedvolles Zusammenleben auf unserem Planeten zu ermöglichen. Diese Grundwerte, Gewaltfreiheit, Gerechtigkeit, Wahrhaftigkeit, Gleichberechtigung und Partnerschaft sowie ökologische Verantwortung bezeichnete der Theologieprofessor und Gründer des Projektes, Hans Küng, als „Weltethos“.

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“Not turning a blind eye”

Society for Threatened Peoples (NGO)

... is an organisation that advocates for religious, linguistic or ethnic minorities worldwide. It opposes any attempt to destroy the safety, religion, linguistic and cultural identities of these people. Genocide, expulsion, racism and deportation are all core issues. Some of the regions it focuses on are Africa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and indigenous peoples.

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“A different world is possible, if we live differently”

The Earth Charta (NGO)

… sees itself as an inspiring vision of fundamental ethical principles for developing a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It wants to create a transition to a sustainable way of living and human development. The ecumenical One Planet initiative coordinates the international Earth Charta movement in Germany.

Earth Charta website

Ecumenical initiative’s website

Literature

“Christians for the abolition of torture”

AKAT e.V. (NGO) 

… is an international, Christian human rights organisation. Christians of different denominations engage in trying to abolish torture. They want to encourage Christians and Christian churches “to fight against the death penalty and torture.”

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(only in German)

“Human rights are your rights. Diversity is beneficial”

Jugendstiftung Baden-Württemberg 

… provides advice and help to encourage young people to take the initiative, responsibility and be volunteers. The foundation publishes literature and materials and offers training programmes. It’s directed at youth education volunteers and professionals. “We spark curiosity”

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“Combating inhumanity to certain groups”

Das Albbündnis für Menschenrechte 

… is an association of organisations and people from regions in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Its objective is to make a difference in the Swabian Jura region. It combats inhumanity, provides support, networking opportunities on particular issues, develops training modules for youth social work and education.

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“Town of human rights”

Nuremberg

… was where the Nazis’ conventions took place, the laws discriminating against the Jews were passed and the trials against Nazi war criminals were held. The town believes it has a special commitment to human rights.

The Human Rights Office develops, coordinates and implements the town of Nuremberg’s human rights activities. This includes carrying out events, advising and mentoring people who have experienced discrimination, developing projects to give education on human rights a firm footing in schools and other educational organisations.

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The Nuremberg Human Rights Center (NGO) is an independent, non-profit organisation that is run solely by volunteers from the active members of the association. It advocates for human rights locally, nationally and internationally.

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The United Nations (UN)

… published the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. You can find the original declaration in English here. Numerous commissions and committees, as well as high commissioners and special rapporteurs, are concerned with human rights, for example the UN Human Rights Committee, UN Human Rights Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and others.

“Never too young to change the world”

The UN’s regional information centre

… is currently running a campaign to empower young people to stand up for their rights. Related events and campaigns are being carried out worldwide. An international social media campaign is calling for opposition to racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination and climate change.

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