Litigation support

ISHR’s legal team is made up of two passionate human rights lawyers.

ISHR’s legal team is made up of two passionate human rights lawyers. Our strategic litigation at international, regional and national levels aims at ensuring human rights defenders have the freedom to effectively and safely protect and promote human rights; that perpetrators are held accountable and victims are provided with adequate remedies when human rights violations occur.

With pro bono support of leading international law firms, we file and manage cases and amicus briefs with international, regional, and national courts and bodies. We also conduct advocacy to strengthen international systems considering these cases, so they are more effective, transparent, and accessible.

Our strategic advocacy and interventions pursue several objectives: 

  • at the international level: strengthen the recognition of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and other international human rights instruments as reaffirming binding international law or as relevant to the interpretation and application of binding obligations as they apply to defenders. 
  • at the regional and national levels: ensure that national and regional instruments are interpreted, applied and developed, in conformity with the UN Declaration on human rights defenders; and ensure that the Declaration is judicially incorporated into regional and national laws.

Contact and more information

  • New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel, Tess McEvoy via email [email protected]
  • New York Office Co-Director and Legal Counsel, Madeleine Sinclair via email [email protected]

Latest updates

Protection mechanism crucial to implementation of law on defenders in Niger

On 15 June 2022, the National Assembly of Niger passed a law on the rights and duties of human rights defenders. This makes Niger the fourth African country to adopt such a law. However, for the law to produce the desired effects, it must be widely known and understood by all stakeholders. The establishment of an independent and inclusive protection mechanism will ensure the full implementation of the law.

Urgent appeal on the NGO draft law in Angola

The adoption of the draft law approving the status of Non-Governmental Organisation in Angola by the National Assembly considerably limits in its provisions the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and shrinks civic and democratic space. We are calling the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders to help address this situation.