Useful Links


Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. It is made up of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who play their part in campaigning for human rights. Amnesty draws attention to human rights abuses and campaigns for compliance with international laws and standards.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Centre for Economic and Social Rights

The Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, they seek to uphold the universal rights of every human being.

United Nations Economic and Social Council

The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for nurturing debate and innovative thinking, finding consensus on ways forward, and coordinating attempts to achieve internationally agreed goals.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international non-governmental organisation that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. The group pressures governments, policy makers and human rights abusers to denounce abuse and respect human rights, and the group often works on behalf of refugees, children, migrants and political prisoners.

Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders aims to protect human rights defenders at risk (HRDs) – people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders addresses the protection needs identified by HRDs themselves.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It aims to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but also a new era of global human rights leadership.

A Restless Art

‘A Restless Art’ is explores the principles, practice and history of participatory art, featuring more than 50 projects from across Europe and beyond. Available from the above hyperlink for free, this book is written by François Matarasso, a freelance writer, researcher and community art worker who believes that everyone has the right to create art and to share the result.

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Create – National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts

Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts in social and community contexts. Our mission is to provide advice and support services to artists and arts organisations working collaboratively with communities in social and community contexts.

Arts Management Ireland

Arts Management Ireland is aimed at folks interested in the area of arts management in Ireland and further afield.It aims to pull together interesting articles, reviews and features on the subject of arts management and cultural policy– stimulating discussion and reflection on our own ways of doing and being in the arts in Ireland.

Community Arts Partnership

Community Arts Partnership is an independent advocate for community arts in Northern Ireland, and offers the widest possible range of assistance and opportunity to get creative and engage in community-based arts activity.

Arts Officers: Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

For a full list of arts officers across all local authorities in the Republic of Ireland, please visit Local Arts Ireland at this link.

For arts officers in Northern Ireland as well, visit this page provided by

Arts Council Ireland

The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. It stimulates public interest in and promotes the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts, providing key funding opportunities to artists and organisations.

Arts Council Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland. It supports artists and arts organisations through a range of funding opportunities.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) works to promote and protect human rights and equality, and to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in Ireland.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is a national human rights institution with A status accreditation from the United Nations (UN). The NIHRC plays a central role in supporting a society that, as it rebuilds following conflict, respects and upholds human rights standards and responsibilities.

Amnesty International Ireland

Amnesty International Ireland, with its 20,000 members and supporters, campaigns on issues like reproductive rights, ending torture and protecting migrant and refugee rights, among other things. It is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion.

DCU Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education

The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, champions educational policy and practice promoting human rights, children’s rights, global justice and environmental sustainability.

UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

The Centre seeks to contribute to national and international debates on criminal justice, human rights, and the intersection of the two, through the promotion of cutting edge interdisciplinary research, innovative programmes of legal education and training, and strategic partnerships with Government, statutory bodies, and civil society organisations worldwide.

NUIG Irish Centre for Human Rights

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world’s premier academic human rights institutions, dedicated to the study and promotion of human rights, international criminal law and humanitarian law. Since its establishment in January 2000, the Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy.

UCD Centre for Human Rights

The UCD Centre for Human Rights brings together the disciplines of law, political science, social justice, education, sociology and the humanities to provide a unique interdisciplinary environment for research collaboration and public outreach.

Trinity Centre for Post-Conflict Justice

The Centre for Post-Conflict Justice at Trinity College Dublin fosters interdisciplinary research that explores how societies come to terms with episodes of extreme violence in war, civil war, and periods of prolonged civil and political unrest.

Ulster University International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)

Combining research, education and comparative analysis, INCORE addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally and promotes conflict resolution management strategies.

Ulster University CAIN

CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) is a Web site which provides a wide range of information and source material on the Northern Ireland conflict and politics in the region from 1968 to the present.

Ulster University UNESCO Centre

The UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster aims to provide research on children and young people, education and conflict and international development that impacts debate locally and globally, contributing to a greater determination to enshrine the principles of education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy around the world.

Queen’s University Human Rights Centre

The Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, aims to support human rights in the local and global community. It aims to support academic and human rights organisations in the promotion of human rights.

Visual Arts Ireland

Visual Artists Ireland is the representative body for professional visual artists in Ireland. VAI research has identified: Isolation; a Need for Support; and a Need for Information as the three primary areas of concern for visual artists. Each of these impact areas are directly referenced by a range of services which are clearly directed towards our vision statement ‘We dare to dream of a time when artists will live in a world of opportunities.’