We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.
- Human Rights Watch.
It was a mere 25 years ago, in a time of economic strife, that an organization which would forever bear the burden of human suffering was born. It was in 1978 that an institution would be erected, crafted with the hopes and best intentions of a select few. The Human Rights Watch ( a non-government organization) was born out of Helsinki Finland, as an organization whose sole purpose was to uphold the practices set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights decreed some 30 years beforehand.
Since its spawning, the HRW has expanded its horizons to tackle injustices the world over. With the uprising of factions in North and South America (Americas Watch), and Asia, the HRW tends to not only selective geographically isolated atrocities, but more so tries to tackle issues on every axis of the globe. With the initial mission of promoting and advocating equality among all mankind, the HRW has narrowed its view to a degree to adopt several different missions. For example, the implementation of the Women's Rights Watch (founded in 1990) as well as the forthcoming of the Children's Rights Watch (adopted in 1994), are prime examples of the realization that special infrastructure must be erected in order to protect the interests of groups which 'they' feel may be somewhat less able to fend off imposed...