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Volume: 7 Number: 21

Title: Center for Constitutional Rights

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Center for Constitutional Rights


Date Checked: 7/15/2009      Status: Updated

Date Annotated: 7/8/2002

Topics: Civil Rights; Constitutional Law; Human Rights Law; Consumer Protection Law;

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Contents: The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) describes itself as “a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” that uses litigation to “advance the law in a positive direction.” CCR began its work in 1966 with the U.S. civil rights movement and litigates today on an international basis. The website serves as a public relations and current awareness service. The history and mission of the CCR and highlights of its successes are presented. A “What’s New” section posts current programs and initiatives, such as filing suit on behalf of INS detainees, and suing Royal Dutch Shell for human rights violations in Nigeria. Although the CCR has been involved in numerous landmark decisions which are listed by name (but not by legal citation), there are no links to court documents beyond a few sample complaints. CCR does provide its counsel’s opinion and testimony on the USA Patriot Act and military tribunals post-September 11th. The site gives a glowing overview of the work of CCR but does not offer substantive information or relevant links. The site offers just enough information to prompt online donations, which are solicited on every page.

Author of Annotation: J.Callihan

Last Modified: 6/20/2012