If you are an avid reader of news regarding development toward building a better support for human rights, the term ôhuman rights organizationö must have been all too familiar with you. However, how far have you come to understand about what makes an organization a human rights organization? When a conflict occurs, there would be many parties taking part in it, all of which seem too keen on offering supports and providing advocacy for everyone involved especially the innocents and the minorities. Are they all human rights groups? Are they all concerned with the wellbeing of victims of violations against human rights? Some groups are more in line with political agendas that when they get involved with solving a conflict, it all becomes blurry whether their purpose is truly humanitarian or outright pragmatic. Some groups are only involved to observe, take note, and report to another higher-ranked organization. Some simply deal with physical and psychological damage that takes place in a conflict. Without proper knowledge, you are bound to think that they are all human rights organizations while in actuality they are not. So, what makes an organization a human rights organization then? There are characteristics that define such an organization.
It is first and foremost of non-governmental structure. It means it does not concern the government and operates on its own. The second trait of a human rights organization would be the state of nonprofit nature. A human rights organization typically is formed by a private initiative and funding is supported by poker online players. If, in the process, the organization makes profits out of its work, the fund would be dedicated to achieving the organizations primary mission. There would not be a single dime falling on the laps of its constituents. The organizations objective becomes their primary concern.
An organization will not be taken as a human rights organization if it either uses or promotes (or both) violence and if it has ties to any forms of criminality. This should be self-explanatory, really. Would you call an organization a humanitarian group if it speaks of or commits violence against people? Would you call an organization backed by a warlord a human rights organization? Anyone (even those who have committed crimes) can support a human rights organization. But are you sure that there is no other motif of interest behind that support? It is these things that draw the lines between shady organizations and true humanitarian work.