23 Oct

Academic freedom was under the spotlight at the Third Committee today as the new Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan, presented the report of her predecessor and outlined the priorities for her mandate. 

22 Oct

Everyone has the right to be free from discrimination. Saudi women human rights defenders demanded that all women be treated equally. The Saudi authorities then tortured and jailed them because of their activism. Women's golf should not be used to sportswash human rights violations.

21 Oct

Yesterday, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association virtually presented his report to the Third Committee. He emphasised the essential role played by women and girls in defending human rights globally, as well as the numerous barriers faced due to gender-based discriminations and violence.

20 Oct

Earlier today the new Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, presented her first report to the General Assembly’s Third Committee. The Special Rapporteur appealed to States to help stop the killing of human rights defenders, which she identified as the mandate’s core priority. Defenders, she said, are 'ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make all of our lives better' and shared her hope that all would work together to find ways to protect them. 

20 Oct

Our Director, Phil Lynch, reflects on the important role the UN still plays in making the world a better and fairer place.


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ISHR commences work to develop an international Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders


ISHR publishes first Human Rights Monitor, connecting human rights defenders on the ground with international human rights systems and developments


ISHR facilitates global civil society engagement with the Second World Conference on Human Rights, which leads to the strengthening of women’s rights, the affirmation of universal rights, the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


ISHR provides training, technical assistance and support to its 1000th human rights defender


After 14 years of ISHR lobbying, advocacy and negotiation, the UN General Assembly adopts the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders


UN Secretary-General appoints Hina Jilani as inaugural UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, strengthening protection of human rights advocates at risk worldwide.


ISHR leads a successful campaign for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights


ISHR co-founds and supports a range of international and regional human rights coalitions, including the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the West African Human Rights Defenders Network


ISHR contributes to the establishment and institution building of a new global peak body for human rights issues, the UN Human Rights Council


ISHR leads and coordinates the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on sexual orientation and gender identity, strengthening legal recognition and protection of LGBT rights worldwide


ISHR’s sustained advocacy on the issue of reprisals and intimidation faced by human rights defenders leads to adoption of landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning and strengthening protections against reprisals


Working with key NGO partners such as Amnesty International, ISHR leads civil society efforts to strengthen UN human rights treaty bodies, prevent their weakening and better connect their work with victims and human rights defenders on the ground


Working with supportive states and NGOs, ISHR advocacy leads to adoption of historic Human Rights Council resolution calling on all States to review and amend national laws to respect and protect the work of human rights defenders