The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) is represented throughout Eastern and Western Europe, which primarily address issues related to violations of civil and political rights at home and abroad. The ISHR headquarters are located in Germany, and the German section carries out human rights work for ten different target countries worldwide.


Swiss Human Rights Award

The Corona pandemic has affected the lives of many people. However, the Corona pandemic has also affected the International Society for Human Rights - Swiss Section (IGFM-CH). For the first time in decades, the Swiss Human Rights Award could not be presented in 2020. The awarding of the prize to the already chosen laureate had to be postponed to 2021. However, the board of IGFM-CH has now decided to award a special prize. The prize is to go to an organization that has been particularly active in preserving human rights during the Corona pandemic.

To a 50th anniversary of the ISHR with brave representatives from a free Belarus!

Next year the ISHR will be 50 years old, half a century full of painful and cruel human rights violations all over the world, but also half a century full of courageous human rights activists working for human rights. How did it all start? The founder of the SHR was the exiled Russian Ivan Agrusov, who was threatened with the death penalty in his homeland, the former Soviet Union under Josif Stalin.

Appeal of Solidarity to Belarus

On the occasion of a congress held in the former Cottbus prison under the motto "Forced labour in political GDR custody", the former political prisoners from the GDR who were present decided on the following appeal to the belarusian government.


On 13 Sep. 2020, the Tribunal on “Forced Labor in Political Custody in the GDR”, organized by the Union of Victims Associations of Communist Tyranny (UOKG) in cooperation with the Human Rights Center Cottbus, the ISHR and the Memorial Foundation Victims of Comunism (VIC), came to an end.

Disregard for the presumption of innocence in Ukraine

Even among high dignitaries in Ukraine: The Office of the Prosecutor General and the State Bureau of Investigation allow themselves to say that they seized a terrorist or a murderer even before the court’s decision. ISHR-represantative Anastasya Alekseyeva in interview:

Corona, the World and Human Rights

Human rights activists of the International Society for Human Rights/ISHR have already expressed their concern at the beginning of the massive measures that the remedy against the pandemic could prove to be worse than the pandemic itself.

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