History and impact

History and impact

ISHR was established in 1984 to support human rights defenders and advocate for stronger and more effective human rights laws and institutions. Over the last 30 years, we have made a major contribution to designing and building the global human rights system and to supporting and strengthening regional and international human rights movements.

Read here about our theory of change and how we achieve impact.

Read here about an external evaluation of ISHR's work in 2017; in 2019, on the subject of national protection laws (here is a summary version) and in 2020 which reviewed nine international human rights groups including ISHR.

Read here about our enduring global impact.

Read here about our Strategic Framework for 2021-2025 - a bold, ambitious and dynamic agenda.