Message from the chairperson and executive director
ISHR sees human rights defenders as essential agents of progress and positive change.
Their work is vital for gender justice, racial justice, environmental justice, criminal justice and economic justice.
We support human rights defenders, protect rights, promote accountability, and strengthen human rights laws and systems.
The generous contributions of our donors sustain our work to support human rights defenders.
This is an extract of ISHR’s audited financial and income statements for the year ended 31 December 2022.
ISHR is deeply committed to principles
of good governance, diversity, equity, wellbeing, security and sustainability.
JULIO ACHMADI, human rights defender, environmental activist and public interest lawyer from Indonesia
'In 2050, I would like to see that defenders are able to exercise their freedom.'
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Our contribution to human rights change in 2022
Here are some of the things we are most proud of; impacts that reflect and were made possible thanks to the creativity, solidarity, and resilience of our partners, our staff, and the human rights defenders we collectively serve.
This ISHR guide seeks to demystify and democratise the TPI procedure and thus widen the circle of those who can make use of it. It aims to do so by providing practical tools and tips on how to submit TPIs to the UNTBs. Available in English, French and Spanish.
Whether as community activists, NGO workers, or diplomats, most of us who support human rights are involved in putting stories out into the world. Discover our guide to crafting effective human rights narratives at the UN! Available in English, French, Spanish and Turkish.
ISHR and ILGA World have updated their factsheets on different UN experts – check out the references to LGBTI persons and recommendations that these Special Procedures have made.
This new ISHR report presents the evolution of China’s public stance on reprisals in dialogues at the UN, and summarises the way in which it has portrayed civil society’s cooperation with the UN as a ‘criminal act’.
On 31 August 2022, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its much-awaited report on serious human rights violations in the Uyghur region (Xinjiang). ISHR prepared a multilingual explainer to break down the report's findings. Available in English, Chinese, French and Spanish.
Drawing on legal analysis and illustrative cases, this report shows that one of the many challenges posed by the National Security Law for Hong Kong is an effective criminalisation of engagement with the UN - and as a result, a chilling effect on defenders' engagement.
BONNIE FLORENCIA SHARRIF FROM MADAGASCAR
'It will be a world that emphasises the importance of inclusive societies.'
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and with human rights defenders everywhere striving for peace, justice and accountability