International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (IFHR)

Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'homme (FIDH)
Federación Internacional de las Ligas de los Derechos Humanos

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Founded 1922, Paris (France), as International Federation of Leagues for the Defence of the Rights of Man and of Citizens -- Fédération internationale des ligues pour la défense des droits de l'homme et du citoyen. Subsequently known as International Federation of Human Rights -- Fédération internationale des droits de l'homme and also in English as International Federation for the Rights of Man. Since 1926, includes the Organisation de la paix par la justice internationale. Proposed in 1927 the 'Déclaration mondiale des droits de l'homme'. Added in 1936 new chapters to the 'Déclaration mondiale des droits de l'homme'. Dispersed or underground in occupied Europe, re-established 31 Oct 1948. Has worked for the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since its inception on 10 Dec 1948. Registered in accordance with French law. EU Transparency Register: 97628146980-33.


Contribute to the respect of all rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; obtain effective improvement in protection of victims, prevention of Human Rights violations and the sanction of their perpetrators; federate human rights organizations and coordinate and support their activities at the local, regional and international level; work in partnership with like-minded organizations so as to raise public awareness of human rights abuse worldwide and to raise funds for activities.

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Advocacy/lobbying/activism; capacity building; events/meetings; standards/guidelines; awareness raising; monitoring/evaluation.

/Thematic/, as defined by the 35th Congress in Mar 2004, Quito (Ecuador); implemented in the framework of the statutory priorities:

 • 'World Order Founded on Law, the Fight Against Terrorism Must Be Founded on Human Rights' - strives to expose opportunism with which the antiterrorist struggle has been exploited for domestic ends of political repression, restrictions on freedom of information or the right to a private life; advocates instituting international and regional guarantees against arbitrary infringements of fundamental freedoms; carries out actions for the right to an equitable trial before an independent jurisdiction and against the death penalty; campaigns against forced disappearances by supporting such efforts as the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance of the United Nations.

 • 'Right to Defend Endangered Human Rights' - works towards implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, with special emphasis on the FIDH/OMCT Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders designed to alert and mobilize decision-making bodies - established with World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT); helps mobilize public opinion world-wide through the social forum process and by other means and pushes for greater involvement of independent human rights defence NGOs in intergovernmental organizations.

 • 'Protection of Women's Rights as Fundamental Human Rights' - Action Group for Women's Rights gives partners renewed incentive and revives alliances between NGOs defending women's rights and human rights; works towards practical implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

 • 'Economic Globalization Founded on Respect for Human Rights' - speaks out for pre-eminence of human rights over international trade, for accountability in economic, social and cultural rights and for the legal responsibility of economic bodies, particularly multinationals; continues to support the emergence of legal standards and corresponding inspection mechanisms, which materialize the corporate duty to respect universal standards for protection of human rights; supports efforts to implement the system stemming from the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families; works on establishing the right to cultural diversity, promoted through a Convention adopted by UNESCO; advocates reforming public institutions that regulate globalization to introduce greater transparency, responsibility and opportunities for civil society to participate.

 • 'Criminal Proceedings Against Perpetrators of International Crimes - No Impunity' - strives to have the perpetrators of international crimes, whatever their title, position or economic role, brought before a fair court of justice to answer for their crimes. Works, alongside victims, for the right to effective and enforceable remedy by intervening in both national and international jurisdictions, and first of all at the International Criminal Court (ICC), through its Legal Action Group (GAJ); Permanent Delegation, opened with the ICC in early 2004, works to strengthen the Court - ratification, passage of domestic incorporation laws and recourse by victims before the ICC.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status); Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF); African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) (Observer).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 61 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 102 countries
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Subjects *

  • Societal Problems
    • Victims
  • Peace
    • Rights

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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



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