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In recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and unalienable rights of all humans, the United Nations adopted numerous international treaties calling for an individual’s right to convene and freedom from political oppression.


Organization Links:

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Affairs:
The US Department of State promoting democracy worldwide and formulating US human rights policies.

The Carter Center:
Monitors elections and helps governments with the transition to democracy.

End to Global Injustice:
Information about various countries and populations experiencing poverty, political oppression and environmental abuse.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs:
Helps build political and civic organizations, monitor elections and promote participation and accountability in governments.

National Endowment for Democracy:
Private, non-profit, grant-making organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world.

Open Society Institute:
Foundation that promotes development of open societies around the world.

United Nations Electoral Assistance Division:
Coordinates electoral assistance for the United Nations system.

Bibliography & Publication Links:

About.com:
List of United Nations treaties from About.com’s political rights site.

Ayittey, George. Africa in Chaos. New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1997. Africa’s ruling class and how it is destroying the continent.

Jingsheng, Wei. Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings. New York: Viking, 1997.Letters of Wei Jingsheng, a Chinese dissident who had been imprisoned for nearly 20 years.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs:
Check NDI’s resource link for listing of their papers and reports.




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