Director’s update | A sweet end to a hard year


An update from ISHR's Director Phil Lynch regarding this week's historic vote at the UN and our current fundraising appeal.

What a sweet end to a hard year!

The response to our fundraising appeal for our human rights defender scholarship programme has been tremendous. Thanks to passionate supporters like you, we’ve received $32,186 with two weeks to go.

And yesterday we won a landmark vote in the UN’s General Assembly. For the first time in history, the world’s peak political body has effectively confirmed that, no matter who you love or who you are, you are entitled to be protected from violence and discrimination.

Working alongside ISHR’s expert staff in New York and in partnership with leading organisations like ILGA, ARC International and OutRight, past ISHR scholarship recipients played a decisive role in securing this historic success. We’ll now work together to support the newly appointed UN expert and past ISHR board member, Vitit Muntarbhorn, to fulfill this vital mandate.

So far our December fundraising appeal has raised enough money to cover the costs of five full scholarships for 2017. 

It would be fantastic if we could make this ten: Ten defenders fully equipped to combat injustice and deliver systemic change just as they did yesterday in New York.

Are you in a position to spread the word, make a donation and help deliver systemic change?

Big or small, every donation counts - see how below.

Thanks again and all the best.

Phil Lynch
Director of the International Service for Human Rights

Here's how your donation will directly fund our human rights defender scholarship programme...

$50 | Travel

Your donation will cover a defender's travel costs in Geneva

$100 | Books & materials

Your donation will provide a defender with a comprehensive pack of human rights handbooks and guides

$250 | Survival pack

Your donation will cover the costs of a defender’s meals

$500 | Access to decision makers

Your donation will enable us to convene a private round table to provide a defender with direct access to high-level diplomats and decision makers

$1,000 | Tuition

Your donation will help ensure we can bring in the best experts for face-to-face training sessions and workshops

$2,500 | Flights and accommodation

Your donation will cover the costs of flights and accommodation to bring a defender from the global south to Geneva

$6,000 | Full scholarship

Your donation will completely cover the costs of a full scholarship so a human rights defender who otherwise would not be able to attend can benefit from this unique experience

Invest in the future of human rights, empower a human rights defender today. Donate now.