An NGO or Non-governmental Organization is an international organization consisting of non-governmental representatives and individuals, a characteristic that distinguishes them from IGO’s. NGO’s have no international legal status; therefore, they do not enter into treaties or other international agreements, although they might promote such agreements. NGOs tend to publish many reports, newsletters, and documents that may not have a great deal of legal weight, but are valuable to the researcher because they document country, economic, and social conditions and provide analysis which indicates the sources, problems or issues. You just have to be aware of any bias.
There are several ways to find NGOs. The following are some of the most reliable:
The following is a short, alphabetical list of selected, well-known NGOs that work in the human rights area.
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