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On International Human Rights Defenders Day, we celebrate and thank defenders for their dedication to promoting and protecting the rights many of us take for granted.

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29 Nov

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On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we invite you to reflect and pay tribute to the brave people who stand up to defend women’s rights and the rights to gender equality. 

05 Dec

'Human rights should come before everything else - before public policy. The States have a duty to guarantee, promote, and protect human rights', said Ana María Vidal Carrasco in her Interview with ISHR. We had the honour to talk to her, when she was in Geneva for Peru's Universal Periodic Review.

22 Nov

After 10 years as Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders and 12 year as a Commissioner, Ms Reine Alapini-Gansou bid goodbye to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) at its 61st session. ISHR took this opportunity to thank the Special Rapporteur for the achievements during her mandate as well as pointing out emerging threats and challenges in some countries. 

21 Nov

Rwanda, Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo) were all present and up to date for their examination by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).  An examination that went from 'mildly OK' to 'pretty bad' given the preoccupying human rights situation in all three countries. 

01 Dec

The Ecuadorian NGO ‘Fundación Pachamama’ has had its legal identity reinstated, four years after an Executive Decree led to the denial of its right to operate. This is a major victory for defenders of the environment and rights of indigenous peoples, and a significant rebuttal to restrictions to the work of civil society experienced globally.

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History and Impact 2014

ISHR begins work to develop a model national law on the protection of human rights defenders, working successfuly with partners in Cote d'Ivoire to secure the enactment of the first such law in Africa. 

History and impact 2016

ISHR spearheads the development of an influential Model National Law on Human Rights Defenders, endorsed by 28 of the world`s leading human rights lawyers and experts and already used as a template to guide the development of defender laws in a host of countries. 

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At a time when UN reform is trending, the UN Secretary General should seize momentum and support a better coherence and complementarity between UN human rights bodies, says ISHR Director of Treaty Body Advocacy Vincent Ploton. 

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1984

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

1988

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

1993

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

1994

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

1998

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

2000

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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