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08 Feb

The UN Committee on NGOs has recommended withdrawal of ECOSOC accreditation to three Turkish NGOs which were controversially deregistered in the country last year. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Member States and the President of ECOSOC, a group of national, regional and international NGOs are urging ECOSOC to reject the Committee’s recommendations, expressing deep concern for a lack of due process and insisting on the urgent need for reform.  

16 Feb
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A sustained crackdown deserves a sustained response, said global NGOs today. In a joint letter, they call on Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council to speak out about the ongoing violations against human rights defenders in the country and to hold the Government of China - recently re-elected to the Council - accountable for its failures to respect human rights.

15 Feb

Human rights defenders play a critical role in supporting accountability for human rights violations involving businesses. Yet, in doing so, they face serious restrictions and risks. Governments should see the protection of human rights defenders as an element of their work to hold companies accountable for abuses, writes ISHR’s Sarah M Brooks.

10 Feb

Governments should take urgent collective action at the forthcoming March session of the UN Human Rights Council to address a 'marked deterioration in the already poor human rights situation in Bahrain', a group of 16 leading NGOs said in an open letter to Ambassadors released today.

02 Feb

Business should heed the views of human rights defenders, and do more to protect their crucial work—which advances the rule of law that benefits business too, says Sarah Brooks of International Service for Human Rights. Sarah leads ISHR's work in Asia, and also supports defenders seeking to advance corporate accountability.

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The International Criminal Court is needed to ensure justice for victims and to send a clear warning to future would-be tyrants that they will be held accountable, writes ISHR’s Clément Voule.

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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