Endorsements of ISHR's work

Here's what some of the world's leading human rights experts have to say about ISHR's work.



"ISHR provides invaluable support to human rights defenders around the world."

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008 - 2014


"For more than 30 years ISHR has worked to strengthen and support the work of human rights defenders. ISHR has already made an important impact, but with human rights defenders facing unprecedented attacks and restrictions, support for its work has never been more necessary."

Sir Nicholas Bratza, President of the British Institute of Human Rights and former President of the European Court of Human Rights


"ISHR does very practical, hands on, work with human rights defenders to increase their ability to perform their work at the national level. At the same time, ISHR transfers to human rights defenders the necessity of linking local, national and international work, to enable defenders to make a more comprehensive impact on the situation of human rights."

Hina Jilani, former UN Special Represenative on Human Rights Defenders


"I became conscious of ISHR's work when I was working for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Sitting at the podium of the Human Rigths Council regularly, looking at the ways the NGOs were preparing themselves, the interventions they made, the contributions they made, ISHR stood out. It was the organisation that we listened to when it spoke and that was meaningfully contributing to the work of human rights."

Mehr Khan Williams, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights


"No one will enjoy human rights without the work of human rights defenders. And their work is supported best at the international level by the International Service for Human Rights. Contributing to ISHR means contributing to human rights. It’s as simple as that."

Chris Sidoti, international human rights expert and former Australian Human Rights Commissioner


"ISHR is a very solid, serious organisation that’s been around for almost 30 years. It’s a badge of excellence that ISHR has provided services to human rights defenders over the course of decades, and it’s evidence that the organisation is really needed. ISHR is an organisation with an excellent track record, and it’s needed today more than ever."

Walter Kalin, member of the UN Human Rights Committee


"Human rights defenders are increasingly subject to reprisals (by governments) when they speak out on behalf of individuals or causes. ISHR's work helps to focus international attention on reprisals and to ensure that that HRD's own rights are protected."

Rosemary McCreery, former UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Resources, former Special Adviser to UNICEF, and former Director of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia


"Whenever someone says 'human rights defenders', I think automatically of ISHR."

Jean-Daniel Vigny, expert-consultant on international human rights issues for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs