Here you will find the latest on human rights topics and events from the worldwide network of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), as well as the ‘ISHR Newsletter’. Photo: UN Photo/Marie Frenchon
The International Society of Human Rights connects sections of human rights defenders from many countries on all continents. On UN’s Human Rights Day 1993, December 10, 1993 25 Ukrainian human rights activists – members of the International Society for Human Rights globally – established the international public organization “International Society for Human Rights – Ukrainian Section” (ISHR-US). Today ISHR in Ukraine has more than 3,500 members.
The Federal Chairman of the Protestant Working Group (EAK) of the CDU/CSU, the Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel, has taken the political sponsorship for the Christian Mohammad Mosayebzadeh who is imprisoned in Iran.
Taking stock of religious freedom worldwide: on December 9, 2020, the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) and the World Evangelical Alliance presented the 2020 Yearbooks “Religious Freedom” and “Persecution and Discrimination against Christians” during a video press conference.
Standing tall as a strong democracy and the fastest growing economy in Africa, Ghana continues to write her story in the fight for fundamental human rights of all citizens, achieving a couple of wins, amidst many challenges.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take a positive account for 2020. The first year of the Corona pandemic was a very bad year for political prisoners, for freedom of expression, freedom of religion and other fundamental rights.
Not a happy new year: In the new year, The ISHR looks to Cuba with concern. At least 138 political prisoners are currently imprisoned on the Caribbean island for peacefully campaigning for human rights and democratic change in their home country.
In our short film “Tell me about the war”, which we produced this year, you will hear war veterans from 7 countries of the former Soviet Union. And it is almost a miracle that these veterans, despite the coronavirus, internal conflicts and interstate wars in their countries, found the strength to tell all of us about the war here and now!
The president of the International Council of the ISHR and Director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF), Professor Thomas Schirrmacher, thanked the 40.000 participants of the Ahmadiyya Jalsa Salana in Karlsruhe for not only enjoying religious freedom in Germany after having fled death threats in Pakistan, but in turn loud and insisting called for religious freedom and against any violence or compulsion in religion.
In a lecture in the Horst Weizmann lecture hall in the main building of the University of Freiburg, the President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights stated that “freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech are not marginal.
At the age of 78, Prof. Dr. Marat Zakhidov, Secretary General of the International Council of the ISHR, has left us.
It is no coincidence that he died far away from his homeland Uzbekistan, in Jerusalem on one of his many missions.