03 Mar

The first in a series of profiles of NGOs fighting to obtain consultative status to the UN through the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, required in order to attend and participate in many UN meetings, including those of the Human Rights Council. The profile of these brave Algerian human rights defenders shows the Committee's dysfunction and the need for reform to ensure that their voice can be heard at the UN.

02 Mar

The Human Rights Council must do more to support human rights defenders and ensure an enabling environment for a vibrant civil society in Burma if it wants to genuinely support the country’s democratic transition.

02 Mar

Ireland should consult closely with human rights defenders in developing a new national action plan on business and human rights and ensure the plan contains measures to support and protect their vital work to promote corporate respect for human rights and corporate accountability for violations, ISHR said today.



Women human rights defenders continue to face intimidation, violations and abuses for their work. A resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly focusing on women human right defenders indicates that ensuring an effective structural framework for the protection of women human rights defenders is crucial.

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ISHR commences work to develop an international Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders


ISHR publishes first Human Rights Monitor, connecting human rights defenders on the ground with international human rights systems and developments


ISHR facilitates global civil society engagement with the Second World Conference on Human Rights, which leads to the strengthening of women’s rights, the affirmation of universal rights, the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


ISHR provides training, technical assistance and support to its 1000th human rights defender


After 14 years of ISHR lobbying, advocacy and negotiation, the UN General Assembly adopts the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders


UN Secretary-General appoints Hina Jilani as inaugural UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, strengthening protection of human rights advocates at risk worldwide.


ISHR leads a successful campaign for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights


ISHR co-founds and supports a range of international and regional human rights coalitions, including the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the West African Human Rights Defenders Network


ISHR contributes to the establishment and institution building of a new global peak body for human rights issues, the UN Human Rights Council


ISHR leads and coordinates the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on sexual orientation and gender identity, strengthening legal recognition and protection of LGBT rights worldwide


ISHR’s sustained advocacy on the issue of reprisals and intimidation faced by human rights defenders leads to adoption of landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning and strengthening protections against reprisals


Working with key NGO partners such as Amnesty International, ISHR leads civil society efforts to strengthen UN human rights treaty bodies, prevent their weakening and better connect their work with victims and human rights defenders on the ground


Working with supportive states and NGOs, ISHR advocacy leads to adoption of historic Human Rights Council resolution calling on all States to review and amend national laws to respect and protect the work of human rights defenders