Where we work

Countries and sub-regions

ISHR identifies priority countries or sub-regions according to criteria including:

  • whether assistance or support is requested from national or regional-level human rights defenders, or the need for support is identified through national or regional consultations or research
  • the potential for systemic and sustainable human rights impact in the country or sub-region through engagement with international or regional mechanisms
  • whether ISHR can add distinctive value
  • the availability of human and financial resources.

Mechanisms and bodies

ISHR engages with international and regional mechanisms and bodies – including multilateral bodies and multi-stakeholder initiatives and associations – for four primary purposes:

  • We support and accompany human rights defenders to ensure their engagement with international and regional mechanisms and bodies is effective and influential.
  • We build and strengthen partnerships with and solidarity between human rights defenders using the spaces and opportunities associated with international and regional mechanisms and bodies.
  • We inform the agendas and outputs of international and regional mechanisms and bodies so as to strengthen the recognition and protection of human rights defenders, promote accountability for violations or abuses against them, and ensure they are responsive to human rights defenders’ calls.
  • We strengthen and safeguard the safety, accessibility, credibility, effectiveness and influence of international and regional mechanisms and bodies.

ISHR’s engagement with international and regional mechanisms and bodies is always informed by defenders on the grounds and frequently in coalition with key regional and international partners and networks, such as HRCnet.

Where We Work Map

Countries where we are:

In Côte d’Ivoire

Abidjan, Cocody 2 Plateaux Aghien, villa N° 84, Land line : 00225 27 22 52 50 15, Contact: [email protected]

In Indonesia

In Belgium

In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

In Switzerland

Geneva Office: Rue de Varembé 1, 5th floor; P.O. Box 16 CH-1211 Geneva 20 CICI. Contact: [email protected], +41 22 919 271 00

In the United States of America

New York Office: 777 UN Plaza (7th floor) New York, NY 10017. Contact: [email protected], +1 212 490 21 99

In Angola we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Botswana we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Burkina Faso we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Côte d’Ivoire we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Benin we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Burundi we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Cameroon we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Equatorial Guinea we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Gabon we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Guinea we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Liberia we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Madagascar we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Malawi we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Mali we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Mauritania we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Mozambique we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Namibia we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Niger we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Congo we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Senegal we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Sierra Leone we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In South Africa we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In United Republic of Tanzania we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Togo we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Uganda we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders

In Zambia we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Zimbabwe we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Cambodia we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In China we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In India we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Kazakhstan we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Myanmar we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Mongolia we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems

In Nepal we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the Philippines we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Pakistan we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In State of Palestine we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Russian Federation we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Sri Lanka we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Thailand we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Turkey we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Uzbekistan we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the Bahamas we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Belize we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Bolivia (Plurinational State of) we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Brazil we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Cuba we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Colombia we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Costa Rica we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In El Salvador we are...

  • Supporting defenders

In Honduras we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Mexico we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Peru we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Nicaragua we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Algeria we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Bahrain we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Egypt we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Iraq we are...

  • Strengthening laws and systems
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Morocco we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Saudi Arabia we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Yemen we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the United Arab Emirates we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Andorra we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In France we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Hungary we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland we are...

  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Switzerland we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In Ukraine we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability

In the United States of America we are...

  • Supporting defenders
  • Promoting rights and accountability