The work of the ISHR covers a wide range of topics. Among the areas of focus include freedom of expression, association, religion and press; however, topics also range from eliminating barbaric punishments such as stoning, amputation, blinding and flogging, to upholding women’s rights. Working on the establishment of civil society in Eastern Europe is also an ongoing overall project of the ISHR.
ISHR sections focus on self-selected topics. Among these include – depending on the section – classical human rights work through PR-, press and individual cases, but also humanitarian work. The latter may include projects such as soup kitchens for children living on the street, and aid for abandoned children, disabled individuals, former political prisoners, and/or family members of political prisoners. Further examples include legal consultation, support for orphanages, re-integration assistance, and improvement of conditions of detention, as well as Union rights, among others.