The Association of Humanitarian Lawyers (AHL)
is a private, non-profit organization that supports initiatives
in human rights and humanitarian (armed conflict) law. Its current
officers are all practicing attorneys and hail from five countries.
There are usually between five and seven researchers, some of
whom are attorneys, others law students or paralegals or graduates
in political science or related fields. Recent interns have
come from Botswana, Canada, China, France, Germany, Korea, Malta,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, and United Kingdom as well as from the USA.
AHL does not provide any salaries, but provides expense stipends
for our researchers when possible.
Originally incorporated as "International
Disability Law" in 1982 to support the United Nations work
of Disabled Peoples' International, we changed our name in 1990
to Association of Humanitarian Lawyers to reflect our support
for United Nations work by other UN-credentialed groups such
as International Educational Development/ Humanitarian Law Project
(IED/HLP), Liberation and others with whom we partner on selected
projects. Our officers and researchers attend the United Nations
human rights forums and work directly with the UN-credentialed
groups, with the UN staff, with investigators appointed by the
Commission on Human Rights, and with members of the United Nations
Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
AHL supports preparation and dissemination costs of a number
of publications addressing human rights and humanitarian law.
AHL supports investigative missions to States where there are
serious allegations of human rights or humanitarian law violations.
We have undertaken several "complaints" (petitions)
at the Organization of American States, the latest, in concert
with IED/HLP, on behalf of the victims of attacks on hospitals
and clinics in Falluja, Iraq.
We have also worked with members of Congress
to resolve several conflicts of long duration, and, at the invitation
of some of these members of Congress, are now into our third
year of partnering with the Kashmiri American Council to provide
forums hosted by the House of Representatives with invited leaders
from all sides in the Kashmir question. We recently began a
partnership with the Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights (Sri
We are pleased that most of our former researchers
or interns have gone on to become involved in the field of human
rights in their countries, many of them in a leadership capacity.
Others have undertaken a legal education or advanced degrees
with an emphasis on human rights. Publications we have prepared
or supported have received wide dissemination and are considered
by many as the leading works in their topics.
For press inquiries, donor requests and information
about the Association's legal work, call (415) 668-2752. Our
address is 154 Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118 USA. For
general questions, please email us:
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