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.


Letter of Nasrin Sotudeh to Mr. Antonio Guterres

The lawyer and political prisoner Nasrin Sotudeh wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres asking for the use of available international instruments to support the people of Ukraine and stop the aggressive acts of the Russian government against Ukraine.

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.


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.

Corona in Germany

At the end of December news came from China, that a new type of a deadly virus had developed there. With horror, I texted this news to my children, in my head scenes from American pandemic disaster movies.

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