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Nongovernmental organizations are active participants in the operation of international law as well as and key sources of information on international legal conditions. NGOs can often be the best – and sometimes only – source of current information on the ground, and they frequently provide the only available English-language translations of relevant legislation, court decisions, and government documents for a particular country, region, or area of law.
The organizations below are only a few of those engaged in such work, but are a good place to start.
Reports are available by country or topic, and links are provided to the websites of the regional offices in 80 countries for additional information.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. It analyzes the challenges to freedom; advocates for greater political and civil liberties; and supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.
Human Rights Watch
The annual World Reports, as well as country- and topic-specific reports are available under the "Publications" tab, while more up-to-the-minute reporting and actions can be accessed via the "News" tab.
United Nations Integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System
The NGO Branch of the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) maintains the Integrated Civil Society Organizations database, with over 24,000 entries on nongovernmental organizations working with the U.N.