Center of Legal and Social Studies

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The Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS) “is a non-governmental organization founded in 1979 to foster and protect human rights and to strengthen the democratic system and the state of law in Argentina.” [1]

It is part of Memoria Abierta, a "coordinated action of human rights organizations, works to raise social awareness and knowledge about state terrorism in order to enrich democratic culture." [2]

CELS received their first grant from the NED in 2003 to “improve the capacity of human rights organizations in the interior of Argentina”, and NED support for this and related work continued in both 2004 and 2005.

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Funding

Receives funding from the Ford Foundation. [3][4]

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Founding Members

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International Advisory Council (Up to December 2001)

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National Advisory Council (Up to December 2001)

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  • Victor E. Abramovich "is executive director of the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CELS), the premier nongovernmental organization (NGO) for human rights in Argentina." [5]
  • Guillermo Jorge "has also been pro-bono advisor of Poder Ciudadano (the Argentine Chapter of Transparency International) and the Center of Legal and Social Studies, a Human Rights NGO, and a visiting scholar at Stanford University." [6]
  • Emilio Mignone, "a lawyer and university professor, founded the Center of Legal and Social Studies" [7]

According to the US Department of State: "Some of the best-known human rights organizations include the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the Center of Legal and Social Studies, the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, Service for Peace and Justice, and New Rights of Man." [8]

Other

"Elaborated by the Center of Legal and Social Studies (CESL), with the support of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), and non-government organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights." [9]

Contact

Web: http://www.cels.org.ar

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