HRCnet’s membership comprises 16 organisations working at the international level and across almost all regions:
- African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (The Gambia)
- DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) (Uganda)
- Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (Zimbabwe)
- West African Human Rights Defenders Network (Togo)
- Asian Legal Resource Centre (Hong Kong, China)
- Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA) (Thailand)
- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (India)
- Human Rights Law Centre (Australia)
Middle East and North Africa
- CIVICUS (South Africa)
- Human Rights House Foundation (Norway)
- Human Rights Watch (USA)
- International Service for Human Rights (Switzerland)
HRCnet members have substantially shaped debates and made influential policy proposals on country situations, as well as thematic and institutional issues. HRCnet works to:
Safeguard civil society space locally and at the international level: by securing strategic action by key actors toward the protection of human rights defenders and safeguarding civil society participation at the UN.
Enhance access to international human rights mechanism: by providing information and assisting rights holders in engaging with the international human rights system and strengthening capacity to influence States, and harness civil society from all regions.
Amplify impact: by facilitating coordination and collaboration between international and regional NGOs.
Promote accountability: by seeking the establishment of international human rights mechanisms to investigate and promote accountability for gross human rights violations.
Enhance scrutiny: by bringing human rights violations to the attention of the international community and pushing for the establishment of expert mandates to monitor and document such violations.
Strengthen protection: by bringing rights holders to the centre of international decision-making processes and demanding timely and effective responses from the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.
For more information, please contact Fabiana Leibl, HRCnet Coordinator, [email protected].