Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) promotes and advocates human rights in areas where minorities and marginalised groups are targets of regular human rights violations and global attention for these abuses is lacking. The key countries of operation are Pakistan and Bangladesh, two of the most dangerous countries for religious, sexual and ethnic minorities. In India and Nepal GHRD is involved in local projects to promote and advocate human rights.
The work of GHRD is based on three pillars:
human rights monitoring and advocacy,
human rights education and awareness raising,
human rights empowerment.
The pillars are interlinked and reinforce each other. GHRD projects incorporate aspects of all three pillars. Thus, GHRD adopts a holistic approach, providing learning opportunities, advocating on the national and international level, and empowering individuals to claim their place in society.