Institute of Human Rights The
IIHR is an autonomous, international, academic institution created in 1980
through an agreement between the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights and the Republic of Costa Rica. Under this agreement,
the IIHR, based in San José, Costa Rica, has the international and domestic
legal standing necessary to complete its various projects. Our mission is to
promote and strengthen respect for human rights and to support the consolidation
of democracy, through research, education, political mediation, technical
assistance in the field of human rights, and through the dissemination of
knowledge through our specialized publications.
Our endeavors are guided by the principles of representative democracy, the Rule
of Law, ideological pluralism and a respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
The IIHR works with several international institutions, and with the public and
private sectors of each of the countries of the Western hemisphere.
is the spanish abbreviation for "Central American Program for Sustainable
Democracy". We are a non profit organization with no political affiliation.
It was created in 1996 with the support from all the presidents of the Central
American countries. Our purpose is to strengthen democracy in the Central
American countries through actions that: develop and reproduce democratic values; and stimulate citizen activities
that strengthen democracy. Our program develops projects that encourage
democratic values through educational campaigns in the media as well as formal
and informal education projects. We also develop projects that enhance the
discussion of important themes of the national or local agenda. Our objective is
to stimulate citizen participation, generate alliance processes that will
enhance the scope of governability, and to obtain a higher community
participation in the decision making process at the different levels of public
para la Sostenibilidad Democrática Under the auspices of PROCESOS, a “Central American Network
for Democratic Sustainability” was created by a series of organizations whose
main goals are similar or complementary to that program.
Through this network, PROCESOS hopes to involve a number of regional and
national organizations in the promotion of democracy in the region.
This network is taken to be a complement for those organizations created
to strengthen peace, democracy and sustainable development in the region.
Studies Electoral Studies is an international journal edited by
Harold Clarke at the University of North Texas, Geoffrey Evans at Nuffield
College, Oxford, England and Elinor Scarbrough at the University of Essex,
England. It is published by Elsevier Science Ltd. and serves those
scholars concerned with voting, the central act in the democratic process.
Florida International Volunteer
Corps A program of FAVA/CA, the Florida Association of Voluntary Agencies
for Caribbean Action FAVA/CA is a private, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit,
international development organization incorporated in 1982 to enhance trade,
strengthen democracy and improve living conditions in the Caribbean and Central
America. Assistance provided by FAVA/CA is guided by principles of self-help and
transfer of appropriate, sustainable technology.
Rights Information This
page provides links to many human rights documents and human rights
organizations around the world. This
page is updated by the international student festival in Trondheim (Norway),
originated in 1988. Trondheim had always been a town with great traditions for
student involvement and activities, - yet someone believed that there was room
for more. By bringing together students from many different parts of the world,
they wanted to create an event that would be both a conference and a festival.
for Development Studies - Towards Democratic Goverance Institutional
strengthening lies at the heart of efforts to consolidate fragile democracies
and promote local organisational capacity. To be successful, such efforts
require states which are effective in promoting development and in delivering
services on the one hand, and legitimate and accountable to their citizens on
the other. Democratisation creates opportunities for building durable linkages
between state agencies and non-governmental actors for the realisation of
long-term development objectives. IDS research in this area is clustered into
three themes: democracy and governance, NGOs and institutional development, and
gender and institutions. Its main concerns are to explore the developmental
potential and effectiveness of democratic regimes, the ability of
non-governmental organisations to strengthen the capacity of groups representing
marginalised and vulnerable people, and the scope for broadening women's
participation in political and bureaucratic arenas.
Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development The
International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development was established
by an Act of the Parliament of Canada in 1988, and officially inaugurated in
1990. A Canadian institution with an international mandate, the Centre is an
independent and non-partisan organization which initiates, encourages and
supports the promotion, development and strengthening of democratic and human
rights institutions and programmes as defined in the International Bill of Human
Rights. Its mandate therefore covers civil, political, social, economic and
cultural rights, as defined by the Universal Declaration and its two companion
Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU The IPU is the world organization of parliaments of sovereign States. It
was established in 1889. The Union is the focal point for world-wide
parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and
for the firm establishment of representative democracy. To that end, it: Fosters
contacts, co-ordination, and the exchange of experience among parliaments and
parliamentarians of all countries; Considers
questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such
issues in order to bring about action by parliaments and parliamentarians;
Contributes to the defence and promotion of human rights -- an essential factor
of parliamentary democracy and development; Contributes to better knowledge of
the working of representative institutions and to the strengthening and
development of their means of action.
Electoral Management Bodies This page contains links to election
commissions, democracy and election-related organizations, and other points of
interest. Links will be continually updated.
(Costa Rica) Tribunal Supremo de
Elecciones Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Costa Rica.
(El Salvador) Tribunal Supremo
Electoral Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador.
Electoral de Panamá Electoral Tribunal of Panama.
Panama – Misión
de Observación Electoral de la Fundación Internacional para Sistemas
Electorales (1999) Mission of Electoral Observation of the International
Foundation for Electoral Systems (1999).
and Presidential Elections around the World This site provides links to Elections
around the world - Parties
around the world - Parliaments
around the world - Electoral
calendar - Political
Resources on the Net
Political databases on the net - Infoelect Magazine.
Database of the Americas Sponsored by the Georgetown University Center for
Latin American Studies/The Organization of American States - Provides
information about voter registration and election administration, election
calendars and results, electoral systems, laws, and constitutions. (Americas).
Indios de Norteamérica
Indigenous Peoples of North
America tries to make
possible direct contact among Indian organizations in the three countries,
creating an open forum in which the Indian peoples, the Indian tribes or the
first nations are able to set forth their ideas, provide information and
interchange all kinds of experiences are among the goals of the Red de
Organizaciones Indígenas de México, Canadá y los Estados Unidos. This net
also includes a data base
of those countries by which the organizations can get information about the
other organizations that are working on similar issues. These goals are
supported by the idea that in spite of their differences, the various native
peoples, at the same time, share elements. North America is a huge region
covered by three countries; Mexico,
Canada and the United
Red Latinoamericana de
Investigadores por la Democracia y Autonomía de los Pueblos The “Latin
American Network of Researchers for Democracy and the Autonomy of the Peoples”
brings together professors, teachers, academic researchers, independent
researchers, and NGO activists to create a framework of converging ideas,
experiences and texts. The
traditional fights that dominated the Latin American territory now occupy a
space in our collective memory. However,
the creativity, inventiveness, and adaptability of those involved in them have
generated innovations in the field of collective action to solve old problems,
from a new rational perspective. The
new characteristics of emerging actors are broad social participation,
all-inclusive reach, shared and co-responsible leadership, socialization of
ideas, and the pooling of strength. These
new actors are shaping new forms of democracy, which brings with it a different
daily interaction between civil society and political parties.
Swedish Institute for
Democracy and Electoral Assistance Our
objective is to promote and advance sustainable democracy and to improve and
consolidate electoral processes worldwide. Independent of specific national
interests, we provide a forum for interaction and exchange of experiences among
a variety of global actors involved in promotion of democracy.
Democracy Forum 98
Commission on Global Governance is a
group of 28 leaders who have suggested ways to make the world a better place for
all its people. The Commission's report, Our Global Neighbourhood,
proposes improved arrangements for managing our common interests. It suggests
measures to enhance the security of people and management of the world economy
and to strengthen the rule of law. It wants global institutions better equipped
to meet the needs of the post-Cold War world. Recommendations to revitalise the
United Nations include proposals to reform the Security Council, set up an
Economic Security Council, and give the Trusteeship Council custody of the
global commons. The Commission's ideas are influencing the continuing debate on
United Nations reform. The Commission emphasises the rights of people and the
role of civil society. It calls for commitment to a set of core values.
National Endowment for Democracy, NED
Endowment for Democracy (NED) is
a private, nonprofit, grant-making organization created in 1983 to strengthen
democratic institutions around the world. Through its International
Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum), it also produces the Journal
of Democracy, conducts analysis of the theory and practice of democratic
development worldwide, and serves as a clearinghouse for information on that
development. Information on the activities of NED and the Forum can be found in
the NED General Information
International Transparency International is a non-governmental
organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both
international and national corruption. Our movement has multiple concerns:
humanitarian, as corruption undermines and distorts development and leads to
increasing levels of human rights abuse; democratic, as corruption undermines
democracies and in particular the achievements of many developing countries and
countries in transition; ethical, as corruption undermines a society's
integrity; and practical, as corruption distorts the operations of markets and
deprives ordinary people of the benefits which should flow from them.
· WOLA The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) promotes human rights, democracy, and social and economic justice in Latin Americaand the Caribbean. WOLA facilitates dialogue between governmental and non-governmental actors, monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations, and promotes alternatives through reporting, education, training, and advocacy. Founded in 1974 by a coalation of religious and civic leaders, WOLA works closely with civil society organizations and government officials throughout the hemisphere.