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International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

FIDH

 


A universal movement
 
FIDH was established in 1922, and today unites 164 member organisations in more than 100 countries around the world. FIDH coordinates and supports their activities and provides them with a voice at the international level, including the United Nations and the European Union.
 
A mandate: the protection of all rights
 
FIDH is an international NGO defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It acts in the legal and political field for the creation and reinforcement of international instruments for the protection of Human Rights and for their implementation. FIDH takes action for the protection of victims of human rights violations, for the prevention of violations and to bring perpetrators to justice.
 
An ethic: independence and objectivity
 
FIDH is a non-partisan, non-religious, apolitical and non-profit organisation, and it enjoys public interest status ("reconnue d’utilité publique") in France, where its International Secretariat is based. Its independence and objectivity are the very foundation of its credibility. 
 
An organisation to serve its members
 
FIDH is a federalist movement that acts through and for its national member and partner organisations. This principle of governance shapes its decision-making processes, its mode of action and the way it operates. It is what makes FIDH truly representative of its member and partner organisations and gives it legitimacy. By remaining in permanent interaction with local civil societies, FIDH can rapidly identify local obstacles to the work of defenders and take the necessary steps to mobilise support for them. 
 
Embodying a world movement for Human Rights 
 
FIDH action priorities are: 
  • Freedom and capacity to act of human rights defenders 
  • Universality of rights, in particular those of women and migrants, whose inequitable treatment constitutes a major obstacle for the progress of mankind
  • Effectiveness of Human Rights, to put an end to the impunity of authors of violations, who are not called to account, be they individuals, States or business enterprises
  • Respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in times of conflict, emergency or political transition 
 
For more information please contact the FIDH Delegation to the EU.
 

RSS International Federation for Human Rights

  • Iran: Investigate death of Mahsa Amini and end crackdown on protesters
    Paris, 23 September 2022. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI), and Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) call for a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into allegations of torture and ill-treatment of Ms. Mahsa (Jina/Zhina) Amini , a young Kurdish woman who died […]
  • COVID-19: How the global crisis has affected human rights defenders
    Paris-Geneva, 22 September 2022 - As governments around the world have taken extraordinary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some have misused them to undermine human rights work and fundamental freedoms. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders - a partnership between the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World […]
  • Russia: Arbitrary detentions and forcible conscriptions of peaceful protesters
    22 September 2022. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Memorial Human Rights Defence Centre (HRDC Memorial) strongly condemn the crackdown following nationwide protests across Russia on 21 September to oppose “partial mobilisation” announced by Vladimir Putin. Mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful demonstrators, with some of the detainees directly conscripted into the military, are […]
  • Iran: Death sentence against two women for speaking out in support of LGBTQI+ rights
    Paris-Geneva, 22 September 2022 – An Iranian court sentenced to death two women defending LGBTQI+ rights on charges of promoting homosexuality. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (partnership of the International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture - OMCT) and the League for the Defence of […]
  • UN Human Rights Council: Progress report of the special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar
    22 September 2022. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its members ALTSEAN-Burma and Women's Peace Network participate in the Interactive dialogue on the oral progress report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, during the UN Human Rights Council's 51st session. They express their concern about the more […]
  • Thailand: Judicial harassment against women's and LGBTQI+ rights defender Nada Chaiyajit
    THA 003 / 0922 / OBS 071 Judicial harassment Thailand September 21, 2022 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. Description of the situation: The Observatory […]
  • Astra Agro Lestari in Indonesia: Ongoing criminalisation, human rights abuses and land grabbing
    21 September 2022. Representatives from Indigenous Peoples, civil society, and community-based organisations around the world sent an open letter to household consumer goods companies demanding they immediately suspend Indonesia's second largest palm oil company, Astra Agro Lestari from their supply chains and work to redress the grievances of impacted communities.​ The letter is directed at […]
  • China: Protect the rights of detained human rights defenders Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing
    19 September 2022 marks one year in detention for two young Chinese human rights defenders: Huang Xueqin, an independent journalist and key actor in China's #MeToo movement, and Wang Jianbing, a labour rights advocate. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the undersigned civil society groups, call on Chinese authorities to respect and protect […]
  • Hungary is no longer a democracy : EU Council must act on European Parliament's conclusion
    Paris-Brussels, 16 September 2022 - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the vote by the European Parliament on 15 September 2022 on a new report about the situation in Hungary. The country's government is slammed for deliberately and systematically breaching European Union (EU) values. The report concludes that the central European state can […]
  • Azerbaijan: Arbitrary detention and criminalisation of Elchin Sadigov and Avaz Zeynalli
    AZE 002 / 0922 / OBS 070 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment Azerbaijan September 15, 2022 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan. Description of the […]