Helsinki Watch was a private American NGO devoted to monitoring Helsinki implementation. It was created in 1978 to monitor compliance to the Helsinki Final Act (signed 1975). Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) The Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Helsinki Final Act, Helsinki Accords or Helsinki Declaration, was Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The group focused on the human rights and human contacts portions of the Helsinki Agreement. Human rights refers to the "basic Rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled
The United States-based Helsinki Watch group was inspired by Eastern European efforts such as the Moscow Helsinki Group. The Moscow Helsinki Group (also known as the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group, Московская Хельсинкская группа is a pathbreaking and influential Human In 1982, representatives of a number of the Helsinki Watch committees held an International Citizens Helsinki Watch Conference and formed the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights ( IHF) is a self-governing group of non-governmental not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights
In 1988, Helsinki Watch evolved into Human Rights Watch. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Human Rights Watch is a United States -based international Non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on Human rights.