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FAQs

What is René Cassin?

René Cassin is a human rights campaigning organisation and registered charity that promotes and protects universal human rights drawing on Jewish experience and values. Simply put, we make human rights relevant for Jewish people and bring a Jewish voice to the human rights dialogue.

Do I have to be Jewish?

No. Our supporters, staff and interns come from variety of backgrounds. All we ask is that you support our mission.

How can I be involved?

You can make a donation, come to an event, campaign for us or volunteer in some way.  More information about all of these options can be found on this page, or contact us to learn more.

What is the Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations?

The CCJO is René Cassin’s parent body.  Founded by René Cassin in 1946, the CCJO facilitates our access to Inter-Governmental Organisations (IGOs), such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

What is René Cassin’s policy on Israel?

René Cassin does not have a ‘policy on Israel’ or on any other country.  Any disregard for universal human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a concern to us, regardless of where the offence occurs, or who the offence is committed by.

Is René Cassin a cross-communal organisation?

René Cassin works across the Jewish community to achieve our vision of a world where everyone fully enjoys all their human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We acknowledge the rich diversity of the British Jewish community and seek to work with individuals and groups from the whole spectrum of the Jewish community. Supporting human rights is a thoroughly Jewish concept that transcends any denominational or ideological division.

Is René Cassin a non-partisan organisation?

René Cassin is a non-partisan charity. We work with individuals and organisations from across the political spectrum to achieve our vision of a world where everyone fully enjoys all their human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We occasionally campaign on legislation that affects human rights in the UK, but this is always issue specific and never party-affiliated.

Why ‘René Cassin’?

We are named after Monsieur René Cassin, a French-Jewish law professor and judge. He was a co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.