The International Human Rights Law Group is a non-profit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. Our mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels.
With a diverse staff of international human rights professionals from over 20 countries, IHRLG works to develop and strengthen international human rights norms and the institutions that enforce them worldwide. At the same time, recognizing the critical role domestic groups play in challenging human rights abuses in their countries, we develop programs to meet the needs expressed by local organizations to strengthen their capacity to respond to these abuses. We provide direct technical support to local organizations over extended periods, emphasizing essential human rights skills including fact-finding and reporting, human rights advocacy and strategic lawyering at both the domestic and international levels. Drawing on our in-country presence, we bring the voices of local activists to the attention of the international human rights community to integrate those voices into foreign policy discussions and actions, particularly in the United States and at the United Nations.
For more than a decade, IHRLG has played a leading role in the international movement to place women's rights at the forefront of the human rights struggle. As an integral part of all of our programs, we work to ensure that women everywhere enjoy the full range of human rights including economic, social and cultural rights. Our Women's Rights Advocacy Program works with a broad coalition of human rights organizations and women's groups, providing training and technical assistance, and facilitating the strategic collaboration of women's groups throughout the world in combating violence against women committed during armed conflict or in the name of religion or custom.
WORLD ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Afghanistan/Pakistan Working with Afghan women refugees and Pakistani activists, our hands-on program develops advocacy campaigns and builds skills and institutional capacities essential to the long-term struggle for the protection of the rights of Afghan women. We are also helping Afghan women ensure their participation in the reconstruction and governance of Afghanistan.
Bosnia and Herzegovina IHRLG mobilizes and empowers BiH activists and legal practitioners to apply international human rights mechanisms locally, document and report on human rights violations, monitor legislation, press for legislative transparency and build issue-based legislative advocacy coalitions.
Brazil We assist Afro-Brazilian lawyers in their efforts to combat racial discrimination and create a higher level of understanding about the potential of the international and regional legal systems to guarantee racial equality in Brazil.
Burundi Our Burundi program works with the country's nascent civil society movement to develop adequate responses to the challenges of transitional and post-conflict justice, including protecting the rights of women, children and prisoners.
Cambodia IHRLG works with the Cambodian Defenders Project, a local organization that provides free legal representation to the poor and victims of human rights abuses, advocates for sound legislation and raises awareness of legal rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo We work to strengthen civil society in the eastern and western part of the country through developing avenues of mutual support and collaboration among domestic and international organizations; building capacity through trainings and workshops; and assisting civil society organizations in their advocacy campaigns.
Morocco Our Morocco program provides technical support to enhance institutional development, network building and outreach among local women,s rights organizations. We also work to strengthen advocacy and protection of women,s rights through training on international human rights standards and legal literacy programs in underserved communities.
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