In 2003 GHRD started its work from the living room of our current Chairman. We were aided by several volunteers, with a strong interest in human rights, who were outraged by a series of gang rapes taking place in Bangladesh at the time. Over time, the organization grew and developed into a well-connected and active NGO with partners on the ground in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. United by the passion for a just and equal world, GHRD volunteers play a vital role in the organization today as much as they did in 2003.
There are several ways in which you can support GHRD: by being part of a campaign, signing petitions, donating, volunteering or interning at the GHRD office in the Hague.
Global Human Rights Defence envisions a world where the rights of all minorities and marginalised groups are respected and upheld in accordance with national and international laws, treaties and agreements.
The mission of Global Human Rights Defence is to actively promote and protect the human rights of minorities and marginalised groups and to enhance their socio-economic empowerment by educating, advocating and influencing. We strive for the fulfillment of fundamental human rights as proclaimed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
GHRD monitors human rights violations and utilizes collected information to advocate and influence changes in policy making and educate a variety of stakeholders in order to decrease human rights violations.
The large majority of violent conflicts in the world today are conflicts within states and not across borders; with groups polarised across ethnic and religious divides. Ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities suffer discrimination and are frequently the victims of human rights abuses.
Minorities are often among the poorest of the poor. International human rights agreements need to be translated into practical action through the integration of minority rights into development, by supporting those who are excluded to access (economic) resources and decision-making processes.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities (1992) states: “National policies and programmes shall be planned and implemented with due regard for the legitimate interests of persons belonging to minorities” and “Programmes of cooperation and assistance among states should be planned and implemented with due regard for the legitimate interests of persons belonging to minorities”.