International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is a Winner of the 2016/2017 Global Sustainable Development Award and Accredited as a Global 500 Sustainable Development Agencies of the year 2016/2017 in appreciation of its contribution towards social-economic development of the World through promoting respect for the rights of vulnerable communities around the world. Awarded and Accredited by Public Opinions International (Uganda-East Africa).  

Public Opinions International is a Partner and Member of International Organisation for Educational Development (IOED) and International Police Commission which is is in  Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Newyork,USA).

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is an independent, non-governmental organization founded in 2008. Based in Brussels, IPHR works closely together with civil society groups from different countries to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities.

IPHR is committed to promoting human rights worldwide. It acts to empower local civil society groups who are working to advance the protection of human rights in their respective countries and assists them with raising human rights concerns at the international level. In cooperation with partner organizations, IPHR advocates on behalf of individuals and communities who are among those most vulnerable to discrimination, injustice and human rights violations.

Our core values

Partnership: Building partnerships is a cornerstone of our work. In our cooperation with local human rights groups, we always strive to establish partnerships that are based on equality and mutual respect.

Responsiveness: We are responsive to the needs of our local partner organizations and work to support them to address pressing human rights concerns and reach out to the international community.

Commitment: We are driven by a strong commitment to promoting human rights and advancing the mission of our organization, to the benefit of individuals and communities in our target countries.

Integrity: We carry out our mandate in an independent and impartial way, take responsibility for our work, and demonstrate accountability to our donors, partners and others with whom we cooperate.

The starting point of our work

The starting point of IPHR’s work is the recognition that human rights protection is always a matter of international concern and that the international community has a crucial role to play in supporting the efforts of local civil society groups to hold their governments accountable to international human rights standards. This is in particular the case with respect to civil society groups operating in repressive environments.

MAJOR WORK

Human rights reporting and advocacy at the international level

Together with our partners, we monitor, document and report on human rights developments in our target countries in the light of international standards. We carry out advocacy to influence the policies and actions of international institutions on human rights issues and campaign to raise awareness of pressing human rights concerns among a broader international public. As we are based in Brussels, advocacy with the European Union is a key priority for us, but our work is also targeted at the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe, as well as individual governments. In 2014, IPHR was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Promoting accountability in repressive environments

Through our cooperation with partners, we focus on promoting accountability for human rights violations in repressive environments. Currently we work mainly on countries in the former Soviet Union, in particular the Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), the South Caucasus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), Russia and Ukraine. However, we also have experience of working in countries outside of this region and our mandate is not restricted to it.

Improving respect for the rights of vulnerable groups

We work with our partners to improve respect for the rights of groups and individuals who are among those most vulnerable to human rights violations. We campaign in support of human rights defenders and NGOs subject to persecution; pro-democracy activists, journalists and outspoken citizens who challenge the policies of authoritarian governments; political prisoners and victims of torture and unfair trials; ethnic, religious and other minorities; individuals in conflict zones; and others whose rights are trampled upon by those in power.

Partnerships – a cornerstone of our work

In accordance with our mission, we build partnerships and coalitions to support civil society and challenge injustice, abuse and impunity in the countries where we work. We develop and implement joint projects with partners and carry out capacity-building activities for civil society groups and activists. Our current partners include prominent human rights organizations in our target countries. We also cooperate with other European and international NGOs that work on these countries, as well as the members of international NGO networks to which we belong, in particular the Civic Solidarity Platform, a network of over 80 human rights NGOs from across Europe, the former Soviet Union and North America, and the Brussels-based Human Rights and Democracy Network. We are always interested in new partnerships.

 

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