International Service for Human Rights

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The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) "is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) serving human rights defenders. It was established in 1984 by members of a number of NGOs in Geneva to help defenders access the international human rights system. This remains its distinctive role more than 20 years later.

"ISHR's vision is the development, strengthening, effective use and implementation of international and regional standards and mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights. We work towards this vision by providing analytical and practical information on UN human rights mechanisms; training on how to use international and regional norms and procedures; strategic advice for effective lobbying; contributions to standard-setting; and logistical support to enable human rights defenders from around the world to take full advantage of international human rights law and procedures...

"In May 2000, ISHR created the Human Rights Defenders Office (HRDO) to further develop the organisation's long-standing work for more effective protection of human rights activists worldwide. Since its creation, HRDO has worked closely with a wide array of organisations and individuals, both governmental and non-governmental, to improve the protection of human rights defenders...

"Based in Geneva, the Secretariat of ISHR has a staff of 16 persons, headed by the Director, Professor Chris Sidoti. They are regularly assisted by temporary project fellows and interns." [1]

People [2]

Board (as of June 2005)

Advisory Council (as of March 2004)

Secretariat (as of March 2007)

The Secretariat of ISHR is located in Geneva and in a small office in New York. It consists of the following persons:

New York Office


Rue Varembe 1
P.O. Box 16
CH-1211, Geneva 20
Phone: (+41) 22 919 71 00
Fax: (+41) 22 919 71 25

New York Office
777 UN Plaza, 8th floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (+1 212) 490 21 99
Fax: (+1 212) 490 13 96
Email: ishr AT

Resources and articles


  1. About us - What is ISHR?, International Service for Human Rights, accessed July 15, 2007.
  2. About Us - Who is Who?, International Service for Human Rights, accessed July 15, 2007.