The mission of Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) 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. 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”.