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Past Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Sites by Region





International Labour Organization's Multinational Enterprises Program (MULTI)

Geneva, Switzerland

International Labour Office
4, route des Morillons
1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland

Tel: +41.22.799.6481
Fax: +41.22.799.6354

The Multinational Enterprises Programme (MULTI) is responsible for the promotion and follow-up of the Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).The aims of the Declaration are to encourage the positive contributions of MNEs to economic and social progress, and to minimize and resolve the difficulties to which their operations may give rise.In addition to the activities related to the MNE Declaration, MULTI is also responsible for ILO’s participation in the UN Global Compact and for coordinating ILO’s work on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Peace Now

Tel Aviv, Israel

Peace Now Office in Tel Aviv:
27B Miryam ha-Hashmona'it St., POB 22651, 
Tel Aviv, Israel  62032

Tel: 972-3-6023300
Fax: 972-3-6023301
Email address:

The basic principles of the movement from the outset were the right of Israel to live within secure borders and the right of our neighbors to do the same, including the right of Palestinians to self-determination. In time the movement became convinced the only viable solution to the conflict was the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories adjacent to Israel, which were occupied as a result of the 1967 war.  In 1988, upon PLO acceptance of UNSC resolution 242 and the principle of the two-state solution, Peace Now led a massive demonstration of 100,000 persons calling on the government to negotiate with the PLO.  Fully supporting the break-through represented by the 1993 Oslo Accord, Peace Now has consistently supported any and all steps promising to promote a resolution to the conflict, in addition to pressing all Israeli parties in power to initiate steps to bring about an end to the occupation and negotiations for peace.


United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe

Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Grosslingova 35
811 09 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Telephone: +421 (2) 59337 111
Fax: +421 (2) 59337 450
Media contact:

UNDP is the UN's global network, focused on helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of globalization and human development.

UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC) serves 29 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Working under a mandate issued by the UN Secretary-General, RBEC, formerly the Directorate for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, began the process of establishing offices and programmes in the region in 1992.  With its headquarters in New York, RBEC's outfit comprises 24 country offices and its Regional Centre in Bratislava.


International Labour Organization's Freedom of Association Branch

Geneva, Switzerland

UNESCO Centre at University of Ulster

Northern Ireland

School of Education
University of Ulster
BT52 1SA
Northern Ireland

Tel: (+44) 028  7032 3593

Mission Statement
To be a centre of excellence, providing and supporting research, teaching and development to promote pluralism, human rights and democracy locally and globally.


A SEED EUROPE - Action for Solidarity Equality Environment and Diversity

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A SEED Europe
Plantage Doklaan 12 a,
1018 CM Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Tel: +31-20-668-2236
Fax: +31-20-468 2275

A SEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment, and Diversity Europe) is an European network linking youth groups and individuals all over Europe. A SEED was established by young people in 1991 in response to the UNCED Earth Summit proceedings in Rio and aimed to forge alliances among young people committed to social and environmental justice.


UN Sub-Commission for Human Rights

Geneva, Switzerland

Commission/Sub-Commission Team (1503 Procedure)
Support Services Branch
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland  

Fax: + 41 22 917 9011
E-mail: or

The Sub-Commission is the main subsidiary body of the Commission on Human Rights. It was established by the Commission at its first session in 1947 under the authority of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 1999 the Economic and Social Council changed its title from Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Its functions are: To undertake studies, particularly in the light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to make recommendations to the Commission concerning the prevention of discrimination of any kind relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms and the protection of racial, national, religious and linguistic minorities.  To perform any other functions which may be entrusted to it by the Council or the Commission.

Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG)

Jerusalem, Israel

Beit Hanina

Ahmad Jaber House

Behind Abu-Eisheh car sale

East Jerusalem

P.O. Box 19918
East Jerusalem, 91198
via Israel

Phone:   972-2-5838189
Fax:       972-2-5837197

The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) was founded in December 1996 in response to the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights under the newly established Palestinian Authority. The group was founded by a diverse group of well-established Palestinians, including Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members, newspaper editors, journalists, a union leader, veteran human rights activists and religious leaders. The political composition of its founders is diverse - including members of many Palestinian organizations and institutions - thereby ensuring the non-partisan character of the organization.

The PHRMG documents human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, regardless of who is responsible. In effect, the PHRMG has dedicated much of its work to the monitoring of human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority. The PHRMG has instituted a number of projects to deal with the ongoing human rights violations. The projects include monitoring unit, freedom of expression and democracy center, settlers watch hotline and legal unit, etc… Our future projects in the coming two years include peace building development, peace building and conflict resolution monitoring, reforms to the Palestinian judicial system, democracy center, public education and out reach unit, etc…

The PHRMG believes that in spite of the ongoing Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories and the need to denounce Israeli human rights abuses, such scrutiny is essential in the current process of state building, to ensure that the future Palestinian State will be a truly democratic one. In the long run, the protection of human rights can only strengthen the Palestinian Authority.

Due to the absence and/or poor reliability of traditional democratic mechanisms, the PHRMG's principle strategy since its foundation has been to appeal to Palestinian public opinion and to international opinion in order to bring about positive change in the human rights situation. Violations of Palestinian human rights by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities persist with little accountability and, for the foreseeable future, the PHRMG will maintain and improve upon its traditional human rights monitoring and outreach activities.


Člověk v Tisní [People in Need]

Prague, Czech Republic

People in Need
Sokolská 18
120 00 Prague 2
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 226 200 400
Fax.: +420 226 200 401

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech organization that provides relief aid and development assistance, while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom.  At home, People in Need administers social integration programs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and provides informative and educational activities. PIN is one of the largest organizations of its kind in post-communist Europe, and has administered projects in thirty-seven countries over the past fourteen years.

National Housing Federation

London, UK

Lion Court
25 Procter Street
WC1V 6NY  

Telephone: 020 7067 1010  
Fax: 020 7067 1011

The National Housing Federation represents 1300 independent, not-for-profit housing associations in England and is the voice of affordable housing. Our members provide two million affordable homes for five million people. The mission of the National Housing Federation is to support and promote the work that housing associations do and campaign for better housing and neighbourhoods.

UN Human Rights Committee

Geneva, Switzerland

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais Wilson
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

+41 22 917 90 00 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.


Hope International

Zaporozhye, Ukraine

HOPE International
227 Granite Run Drive
Suite 102
Lancaster, PA 17601

Phone: (717) 464-3220
Fax: (717) 464-9046

HOPE International (HOPE) is a Christian faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation through microenterprise development.

International Organization for Migrants

Sarajevo, Bosnia

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Vilsonovo Setaliste 10
71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia

Tel:  +387.33 648 137
Fax: +387.33 648 202

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a migration crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. The 1992-1995 conflict destroyed the social and economic infrastructure and forced over half of BiH’s citizens to leave their homes. Today, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), the large-scale demobilization of soldiers and a rise in irregular migration continue to render migration a major challenge to BiH’s post-conflict recovery and development.

IOM aims to contribute to the government’s goals of ensuring stability and facilitating development. Assistance in the return of irregular migrants as well as the return of BiH nationals, the fight against trafficking and post-conflict assistance to redundant military personnel remain important activities. IOM is also increasingly focusing on building the capacities of national institutions to manage migration flows, including irregular migration and trafficking in human beings. This work involves close collaboration with governments, local NGOs, the European Commission, and international organizations.

International Organization for Migrations (IOM)

Vilsonovo Setaliste 10
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Phone: (387-33) 648-137/150/160
Language: English, Spanish, or French
Salary: Unpaid but monthly sustenance allowance provided as well as insurance for occupational injury and illness.

After half a century of worldwide operational experience, IOM has become the leading international organization working with migrants and governments to provide humane responses to migration challenges. Established in 1951 as an intergovernmental organization to resettle European displaced persons, refugees and migrants, IOM has now grown to encompass a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. With offices and operations on every continent, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: 1)Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, 2)Advance understanding of migration issues, 3)Encourage social and economic development through migration, and 4)Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

Interns tend to be students approaching the end of their programme or graduates between 19 and 32 years of age. The main objectives of internships are to provide students with the opportunity to learn about IOM's activities, to gain initial work experience, and/or to prepare for a degree dissertation. IOM provides on the job training to interns so that both they and the organization can benefit. In addition to this, IOM evaluates interns who may eventually be included on the roster for future external vacancies. Furthermore, internships build links with other institutions and universities. Internships can last from 8 weeks to a maximum of 6 months. The initial contract can be renewed, provided that the overall duration does not exceed 6 months. Applications must be made in one of IOM's official languages (English, French or Spanish). Applications in other languages may be rejected. Deadlines vary—see website for current vacancies.


Anti-Slavery International

Thomas Clarkson House
The Stableyard
Broomgrove Road
United Kingdom

Phone: (44-0207) 501-8920
Email: or
Language: English
Salary: unpaid

Anti-Slavery International is the world's oldest international human rights organization, founded in 1839. It is the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses. The organization works at local, national and international levels to eliminate the system of slavery around the world by: 1)Urging governments of countries with slavery to develop and implement measures to end it; 2)Lobbying governments and intergovernmental agencies to make slavery a priority issue; 3)Supporting research to assess the scale of slavery in order to identify measures to end it; 4)Working with local organizations to raise public awareness of slavery; 5)Educating the public about the realities of slavery and campaigning for its end.

Anyone interested in applying for a voluntary position, an internship or work experience should send a CV and cover letter to the address below outlining the kind of work that they would like to be considered for. Internships at Anti-Slavery tend to be more academic and project-led in content. Overseas applicants who are registered with a validated Student Exchange Scheme are invited to apply for an internship, (minimum three months.). Most interns will have been or are currently in the process of achieving a Bachelors or Masters degree in a related subject, i.e. International Relations or Human Rights. London-based students studying for a Masters degree may complete an internship to compliment their coursework.


Bohemia Corps, Czech Republic

Drahobejlova 54, 190 00 Praha 9
Czech Republic

Salary: Unpaid

Bohemia Corps' mission is to encourage volunteerism among people living in the Czech Republic, through different educational and humanitarian projects for public benefit. Through the tolerance and respect project, Bohemia Corps is working to help in solving race-related problems in the Czech society. The organization created lesson plans for conversational English that are supposed to encourage discussions among students. The important aim of the project is to encourage attentive listening to other ideas than just "mine". Students, as well as their Czech and foreign teachers are learning how to become active citizens holding their own ideas. Variety of skills gained during these lessons should help students in becoming more tolerant towards other perspectives, ideas, people and cultures than just their own.

A decade after the fall of communism, Bohemia Corps holds a unique position in the country as it successfully brings together a large number of volunteers to work on projects to improve the country’s daily life in terms of tolerance, human rights understanding and implementation, and updated civic education. It also helps people redefine and do volunteerism in a society that still usually thinks of it with the taint of communist-forced memberships. Educating people for active democratic citizenship is an important component of what volunteers could be involved in. Please contact Bohemia Corps directly in order to receive the correct application requirements and internship procedures according to your experience and interest


Victims Survivors and Trust (VAST)

1A Rockmore Road
Belfast BT12 7PD
North of Ireland

Phone: (028-90) 222181
Salary: Unpaid

VAST is a charitable organisation based in the north eastern six counties of Ireland, drawing most of its membership from the West of the city of Belfast but with links to the rest of the island and to Britain. It is the Trust's belief that the most fitting memorial to all of the victims of the war on the two islands of Ireland and Britain will be a peaceful outcome brought about through dialogue, understanding and the promotion of the truth.

Internships include administrative work as well as accompaniment. Interns will learn the innerworkings of an NGO as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the situation in Ireland. Contact the organization directly to find information on current vacancies.


NIS-US Women’s Consortium

Winrock International

1621 North Kent Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22209, USA

Phone: (703) 525-9430
Website: and
Language: English
Salary: Stipend given covers transportation, housing and meals

The NIS-US Women's Consortium is a coalition of women's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the New Independent States (the NIS) and the USA. The main goal of the NIS-US Women's Consortium is to facilitate interaction and collaboration among women's NGOs to help foster democratic, sustainable societies in the NIS and to improve the status of women in the NIS and worldwide. The NIS-US Women's Consortium is administered by Winrock International and has two offices: in Arlington (Virginia, the USA), and in Kyiv (Ukraine).

Winrock’s volunteer assignments work a variety of sectors and areas. The purpose of the Volunteer Program is to help host organizations solve specific problems. Assignments range from agriculture to women’s employment, from business skills to organic certification training. Opportunities change frequently and current opportunities are listed on the website. Approximately half of the assignments focus on agricultural related topics. Volunteer assignments typically range from two to four weeks, including travel time. A small number of volunteers are fielded for up to eight weeks. Their Volunteer Program provides for round-trip economy airfare, en route expenses (including the costs of passports, visas, and required immunizations), and a per diem to cover housing, meals and incidental expenses. A travel advance will be provided via a wire transfer to your bank account about one week prior to your departure.


Peace People

224 Lisburn Road
Belfast. BT307NP. N. Ireland.
Phone:(44) (0)2890 663465

Salary: Unpaid

The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the on-going violence in Northern Ireland. Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead Corrigan (now Mairead Corrigan Maguire) and Betty Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. Since its inception the organization has been committed to building a just and peaceful society through nonviolent means - a society based on respect for each individual and that has at its core the highest standard of human and civil rights. Nonviolence is at the centre of the Peace People's approach to building a just and peaceful society. They draw their inspiration from historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Peace People work with young and old to try to heal divisions, which keep us apart and feed the fear, the violence and injustice. By bringing people together and getting to the heart of the issues and experiences, which shape and separate us, the Peace People help to challenge prejudice and conquer fear. Volunteer opportunities are limited but please email the above to inquire.


Commonwealth Medical Association

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9JP
United Kingdom

Phone: (44-20) 7272-8492
Email: Send electronically on website
Salary: Unpaid

The main objective of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) is to strengthen the capacity of medical and other health professional associations in developing countries to promote the health and well-being of their communities. Having regard to the critical health issues involved, its activities are concerned mainly with women's and youth health, sexual and reproductive health and the ethical and human rights implications of providing health information and services in such countries.

A past Minnesota intern had duties that included making preparations for a series of one day workshops to be held in five African countries; preparing articles for the CMA publication CommonHealth; preparing a background paper for the CAM roundtable on Women’s right to health that included women’s sexual and reproductive health; and assisting with the arrangements for the roundtable. Contact the association directly to receive more information about an internship that would suit you.


Helsinki Committee for the Republic of Macedonia

Ul. Dame Gruev 8/5
PO Box 58
1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia

Phone: 389 (0)2 119 073 and 389 (0)2 290 469

Email: or
Language: Fluency in both spoken and written English
Salary: Unpaid

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Republic of Macedonia is a non-governmental organization whose major duty is to observe and inform, on the local and international level, on the respect for the human rights, in accordance to the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and other accompanying documents which determine the international standards for the respects of human rights. The Helsinki Committee also provides legal help in the domain of the protection of the human rights, on local and international grounds.

The Helsinki Committee is open for co-operation of any kind. As an institution they don't have any special procedure for obtaining an internship or researcher status for the candidate. For those interested, please send a letter of interest, a CV and the field you are interested in. Spoken and written English proficiency required.


Danish Center for Human Rights

8 H Wilders Plads
1403 Copenhagen K

Phone: (45) 3 269-8888
Email: Send electronically on website
Salary: Unpaid

The Danish Centre for Human Rights was established by a parliamentary decision on 5 May, 1987. The objective of the Centre is to gather and develop knowledge about human rights nationally, regionally, and internationally. The work of the Danish Centre for Human Rights includes research, information, education, and documentation relating to Danish, European, and international human rights conditions. The Centre considers human rights work to be interdisciplinary, and therefore the staff has a broad range of professional backgrounds such as law, anthropology, sociology, economics, humanities, journalism, and pedagogy.

A previous intern worked in conjunction with Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights to provide research and other support to the Committee’s Project on Racism in Europe. To receive more information on possible internships, please contact the organization directly via phone or their website.



Oxfam Supporter Services Department
Oxfam House, 274 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 7DZ, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 870-333-2700

From trade to aid, debt to democracy, Oxfam's work to combat poverty and suffering focuses on a range of issues. Oxfam International supports civil-society partners to engage in Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) processes in 33 countries. Although the PRSP initiative is driven by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), Oxfam believes that it offers a key opportunity to put country-led strategies for poverty reduction at the heart of development assistance. A large number of countries are part of the way through implementing their first PRSPs, and over the next two years there will be substantial revisions and second-round PRSPs in most poor countries. Given this, Oxfam welcomes the simultaneous reviews of the PRSP process being carried out by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) and the Operations Evaluation Department (OED). If poor countries are to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is vital to learn the lessons from the first round of PRSPs, at both the national and global levels.


United Nations: Working Group on Indigenous Populations
& Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

United Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Fax: + 41 22 917 9022

The Sub-Commission is the main subsidiary body of the Commission on Human Rights. It was established by the Commission at its first session in 1947 under the authority of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 1999 the Economic and Social Council changed its title from Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Its functions are:

(a) To undertake studies, particularly in the light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to make recommendations to the Commission concerning the prevention of discrimination of any kind relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms and the protection of racial, national, religious and linguistic minorities.

(b) To perform any other functions which may be entrusted to it by the Council or the Commission.


U.N. High Commission for Refugees

Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Geneve 2 Depot

Phone: 41+22+139+8111

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.


League of Human Rights

138 Rue 75018
Paris, France

Phone: 0156555100
Fax:     0142555121

Voici la liste de toutes les sections, fédérations et régions de la Ligue des droits de l’Homme en France possédant un adresse publique. Pour afficher leurs coordonnées, sélectionnez une section, fédération ou région. Cette liste n’étant pas exhaustive, si vous ne trouvez pas les coordonnées que vous recherchez, écrivez-nous à, nous vous indiquerons la section la plus proche de chez vous.

Relatives for Justice

235a Falls Road
Belfast Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Phone: 028-902-20-100
Fax: 028-902-20-101

Relatives for Justice is a Belfast based NGO support group working with and providing support to relatives of people bereaved, and injured, by the conflict across the North of Ireland including border regions in the 26 counties. We work primarily with those people affected by state and state sponsored violence.










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