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South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC)
New Delhi, India

New Delhi 110029, India

+ 91-11- 2619 1120, 2619 2717 & 2619 2706

The South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) is a network of individuals across the region. It seeks to investigate, document and disseminate information about human rights treaties and conventions, human rights education, refugees, media freedom, prison reforms, political imprisonment, torture, summary executions, disappearances and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. SAHRDC has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The office of SAHRDC is based in New Delhi. It is a small office with few resources. There are seven people working regularly besides a core of a dozen volunteers. The core volunteers help us on our requests on a specific issue (i.e., lawyers, medical practitioners, journalists, computer programmers and other resource persons). Besides Indian volunteers, we have an internship programme, which attracts students and scholars from universities in India and abroad.


Chie Michihiro
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)

PO Box 242
Bedford MA 01730-0242

Eastern Massachusetts:
877-67-AWARE  (877-672-9273)

AWARE's mission is to educate the public, organizations, and individuals about issues related to personal safety. AWARE is a source of training, information, and support for people, primarily women, learning how to cope with violence. AWARE training is focused on self-protection and self-defense skills that can enable women to avoid, resist, and survive situations ranging from low levels of aggression to extremely violent assault. As an acronym, AWARE stands for Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment, but don't interpret the word "arming" too literally. In our name, it implies that one can (and indeed should) be armed with courage, spirit, knowledge, and determination, whether or not one is armed with an extrinsic weapon. In addition to serving individual women concerned about their own safety, AWARE is a valuable resource for self-defense instructors, law enforcement professionals, social workers, rape crisis counselors, human resource employees, and victim service providers.  AWARE instructors include women with first-hand knowledge of the realities of what it takes to be able to defend yourself. We have particular expertise in dealing with high-risk situations, such as stalking. AWARE advocates self-protection along a continuum of force, because different types of protection are needed for different levels of threat. One's first responsibility is to try to avoid danger by preparation and alertness. If a problem arises, one should always attempt to leave, or keep it from escalating, if possible. Only if these methods fail, or if a high level of threat is posed by an assailant, is a higher level of response justified. AWARE is uniquely qualified to supply information and training about dealing with those higher levels of threat. Our focus is on preventing violence through education and training. AWARE is here to provide responsible information, support, and training to women who want to learn how not to be victims.

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre
New Delhi, India

SAHRDC is an NGO that studies and documents human rights violations in the South Asian region. SAHRDC seeks to investigate, document and disseminate information about human rights treaties and conventions, human rights education, refugees, media freedom, prison reforms, political imprisonment, torture, summary executions, disappearances and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

66 Preah Sihanouk Blvd.
P.O. Box 1110
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel: (855-23) 211-875
(855-23) 210-358

DC-Cam has two main objectives. The first is to record and preserve the history of the Khmer Rouge regime for future generations. The second is to compile and organize information that can serve as potential evidence in a legal accounting for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. These objectives represent our promotion of memory and justice, both of which are critical foundations for the rule of law and genuine national reconciliation in Cambodia.


Poverty Alleviation Committee, Ministry of People Welfare

Gedung Graha Peduli PKPU Jl. Raya Condet No. 27-G
Batu Ampar Jakarta Timur 13520

(021) 87780015
(021) 87780013

Bangkok, Thailand

246 Times Square Building, 12 Fl., Room 12-01 Sukhumvit Road,
Between Soi 12-14 Klongton, Klongtoey Bangkok, Thailand

+66 (0)2 653 2940-1
+66 (0)2 653 2942

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a membership-based regional human rights organisation in Asia. Presently it has 40 member organisations in 15 countries in Asia. It was founded following a consultation among human rights and development non-governmental organisations in Asia in Manila on 17 December 1991. Its regional Secretariat has been located in Bangkok since 1994.

FORUM-ASIA has strived to empower people by advocating social justice, sustainable human development, participatory democracy, gender equality, peace and human security through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations in the region. As one of the leading organisations in the regional platform, FORUM-ASIA seeks to facilitate dialogue, capacity-building and networking among human rights defenders, civil society actors and organisations in Asia to achieve a full realisation of all the human rights and human development in the region. FORUM-ASIA has obtained the Consultative Status with the ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) since 2004. For the betterment of people's lives and the full respect of human dignity, the organisation promotes cooperation among governments, inter-governmental organisations and the UN.

Legal Aid of Cambodia (LOC)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

No.55 BC, St.390, P.O.Box: 1197, Sangkat Boeung Kengkang III,
Khan Chamkamorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tell: (855-23) 213 376 / 213 379,
Fax: (855-23) 213 394

Vision and Mission
LAC envisions a Cambodian society where the rule of law and human rights are respected and implemented. LACs mission is to provide quality legal service to and advocate for the Cambodian's poor so that they are fairly and equally treated in the society.

End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

#36B, St.99, Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

855-23-213 021

End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking in Cambodia (ECPAT-Cambodia) is a NGO network established in 1995. ECPAT-Cambodia is a network of national and international organizations working to prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. It consists of 26 member organizations working together to ensure that children everywhere in the country enjoy their fundamental rights, and are free and secure from all kinds of sexual abuse and exploitation.

ECPAT-Cambodia has been an affiliated member of ECPAT International since September 2002. ECPAT International is a global network of more than 70 countries worldwide dedicated to the elimination of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

ECPAT-Cambodia aims at creating a joint force between national and international organizations, and relevant institutions to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children.


Amnesty International (AIA)
Sydney, Australia

Phone: 1300 300 920

We are part of the global movement defending human rights and dignity. We work with people in Australia and our region to demand respect for human rights and protect people facing abuse. To do this, we mobilise people, campaign, conduct research and raise money for our work. We are promoting a culture where human rights are embraced, valued and protected.

Amnesty International Australia's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. Amnesty International is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.


Punjab, India

SAATHII Calcutta
CD 335, Sector I, Salt Lake City,
Calcutta - 700 064

(033) 2334-7329

78, Pushpa Nagar Main Road
Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034
(044) 2817-3948
(044) 2817-3947

SAATHII Hyderabad
Street No. 10
New Bakaram, Gandhi Nagar
Hyderabad - 500 080, A.P.

(040) 2767-4688
(040) 2767-4757

To be announced

900 West 190th Street, #15B
New York, New York 10040


Our Vision
SAATHII envisions a concerted response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.

Our Mission
SAATHII strengthens the capacity of organizations working against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India.


Esther Benjamins Trust
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Esther Benjamins Trust
Third Floor
2 Cloth Court
London EC1A 7LS

Phone: +44 (0)20 7600 5654
Fax: +44 (0)20 7726 6018

The Esther Benjamins Trust is the leading Registered Charity that works exclusively for deprived, disabled and stigmatized Nepalese Children.


Arakan Oil Watch



Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

House No 798, St 99, Boeung Trabek, Phnom Penh,
Kingdom of Cambodia

Tel: (855) 23 72 69 01
Fax: (855) 23 72 69 02

CCHR is a non-governmental, non-political and independent human rights organization that envisions a Cambodian civil society where human rights and democracy are fully respected and that the people enjoy the benefits of development to which they have fully participated. CCHR is seeking to be one of the main actors in building a strong foundation of democracy at the grass-root level and it shall work on informing the public to create awareness on human rights and democracy concepts and principles. CCHR also works to protect the rights of the victims of human rights violations.




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