International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF)

Fédération internationale Helsinki pour les droits de l'homme

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6-10 Sep 1982, Bellagio (Italy), to provide an international cooperative framework for the work of national Helsinki committees which formed to monitor compliance with the Helsinki Final Act of 1975. Has also been referred to as International Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. As of 27 November 2007, dissolved.


Promote compliance with human rights provisions contained in the Final Act of the Helsinki Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Follow-up Documents by the 35 states that signed it in 1975; exert pressure on countries signatory to the Helsinki Accords (currently 52) to fulfil their obligations in the field of human rights.

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Coordinates the activities of member groups; gathers information on the human rights situation in signatory countries of Helsinki Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accords); acts as a clearing-house for this information; supports work of human rights defenders through advocacy and promoting solidarity at the international level; presents documentation to OSCE, Council of Europe, the EU and the UN; lobbies for improved human rights protection and implementation of existing standards; helps organize new Helsinki groups in countries where they do not yet exist. Organizes: meetings; public seminars; symposia; fact finding missions. Documentation of IHF's work kept in the Open Society Archives in Budapest (Hungary).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 16 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 42 countries
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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Peace
    • Rights

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

10. Jul 2006
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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