Center for Sustainable Human Rights Action (CeSHRA)

122 West 27th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10001, USA
Tel: (212) 691-8020
Fax: (253) 390-0781 
Contact:  Mona Chun, Director

The mission of CeSHRA, formerly the Human Rights Program of the Fund for Peace, is to promote and protect a culture of human rights observance by strengthening human rights organizations worldwide.  CeSHRA is now a project of the Tides Center and it addresses challenges to human rights groups and offers strategies useful for ensuring organizational effectiveness and long-term sustainability. They offer technical assistance, publications and training resources through the Institution-Building Resource Center.

CeSHRA recently published a new manual, Practical Strategies for Local Human Rights Groups, in both Spanish and English. Translations in French and Arabic are expected.

This handbook shares strategies used by human rights organizations and activists for survival in hostile environments, dealing with obstacles such as harassment, threats and violence. In 1998, after fourteen years of deliberation, a Human Rights Defenders Declaration was adopted by the United Nations. In solidarity with this important move and in recognition of the daily struggles of activists who promote and defend human rights, we offer these strategies for increasing personal security and organizational sustainability.  For more information on CeSHRA's publications contact Wendy-Maria Jacques at

Last updated:    April 2001

A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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