On Wednesday 7 December, ECOSOC Member States will be asked to vote on the accreditation of 9 NGOs that have been arbitrarily blocked from UN participation, including one that has been blocked for 15 years - the longest in the history of the institution.
Why give to ISHR?
This holiday season, we believe that donations to ISHR are a great way to give back to the international community. We are ready to continue making effective change for human rights in 2023. Here are just three examples of what we were able to achieve together in 2022:
- Human rights defenders worldwide welcomed as a ‘promising start’ the historic adoption of a resolution on a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment by a record vote at the UN General Assembly, rewarding almost five decades of relentless activism and providing a new tool to address the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and deadly pollution.
- Following sustained advocacy by ISHR and our partners, the UN Human Rights Council renewed the crucial human rights expert mandate on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), reaffirming its commitment to combat discrimination and violence, and reminding all States of their obligations towards LGBT and gender-diverse people everywhere.
- We played a key role in building, coordinating and resourcing a diversity of coalitions with human rights defenders at their centre, including the UN Anti-Racism Coalition which works to combat systemic racism and achieve racial justice.
In addition to this work, ISHR effectively trains defenders in developing and expanding their international advocacy skills and networks to leverage them for community-wide change. Apart from building their capacities as defenders through the online component of our Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP), the in-person component of the Programme in Geneva is vital in giving participants access to influential networks and human rights mechanisms that can be used in their respective advocacy roadmaps. Read more about the achievements of HRDAP alumni here. To learn more about the 2023 edition of HRDAP, click here!
Your donation to ISHR will allow us to train even more defenders from all around the world and keep our educational tools up-to-date to not only support their on the ground work in holding perpetrators accountable for human rights abuses, but also to keep promoting equality and peace for their communities by using international law and the United Nations.
Big or small, your contribution will help us to keep campaigning in support of defenders and organisations so that the world’s human rights mechanisms and leaders listen and act. Please join us: make a donation, spread the word, and help us to deliver change. Thank you!