Focus topics

Our work focuses on those human rights defenders who are most at risk or face marginalisation, where our support can protect and strengthen them as agents of change.


At ISHR, we work to protect and promote people who defend the rights of women and rights related to gender and sexuality, LGBTIQ+ persons, migrants and Indigenous communities. We work with progressive companies to make sure that human rights defenders are included in decisions that affect them and benefit from the civic space they share with businesses. We support defenders who fight racial discrimination and those who promote democratic freedoms and accountability, especially in restrictive and/or transitioning environments. 

We provide these leaders of change with a comprehensive range of tools and support, including access to high quality research and analysis, tailored training and capacity building services, legal advice and strategic litigation assistance, and advocacy and networking support.


Business and human rights

No matter where we are born, or what papers we hold, fundamental human rights don’t disappear at the border.

Women's rights

Everyone has the right to unhindered access to, and communication with, international bodies on matters of human rights and fundamental freedoms — free from intimidation and reprisals.

LGBTIQ rights

Everyone has the right to equality and to be free from all forms of discrimination.