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International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)



A universal movement
FIDH was established in 1922, and today unites 164 member organisations in more than 100 countries around the world. FIDH coordinates and supports their activities and provides them with a voice at the international level, including the United Nations and the European Union.
A mandate: the protection of all rights
FIDH is an international NGO defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It acts in the legal and political field for the creation and reinforcement of international instruments for the protection of Human Rights and for their implementation. FIDH takes action for the protection of victims of human rights violations, for the prevention of violations and to bring perpetrators to justice.
An ethic: independence and objectivity
FIDH is a non-partisan, non-religious, apolitical and non-profit organisation, and it enjoys public interest status ("reconnue d’utilité publique") in France, where its International Secretariat is based. Its independence and objectivity are the very foundation of its credibility. 
An organisation to serve its members
FIDH is a federalist movement that acts through and for its national member and partner organisations. This principle of governance shapes its decision-making processes, its mode of action and the way it operates. It is what makes FIDH truly representative of its member and partner organisations and gives it legitimacy. By remaining in permanent interaction with local civil societies, FIDH can rapidly identify local obstacles to the work of defenders and take the necessary steps to mobilise support for them. 
Embodying a world movement for Human Rights 
FIDH action priorities are: 
  • Freedom and capacity to act of human rights defenders 
  • Universality of rights, in particular those of women and migrants, whose inequitable treatment constitutes a major obstacle for the progress of mankind
  • Effectiveness of Human Rights, to put an end to the impunity of authors of violations, who are not called to account, be they individuals, States or business enterprises
  • Respect for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in times of conflict, emergency or political transition 
For more information please contact the FIDH Delegation to the EU.

RSS News from FIDH

  • #SOSNICARAGUA : from repression to terror
    Paris – Managua, 22 February 2019. Ongoing protests in Nicaragua calling for reforms to the social security system have been met with intensifying governmental repression, with thousands of victims. The country has plunged into a serious crisis in which human rights are trampled upon. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) demands the release of […]
  • Five years of impunity for the killing of unarmed protesters on Maidan and for the ongoing international crimes
    (Paris, Kyiv) Five years ago, on 21 February 2014, a large-scale Euromaidan protest movement in Ukraine resulted in a regime change and hundreds of victims of human rights abuses. Subsequently, violence escalated in now occupied Crimea and an armed conflict broke out in Eastern Ukraine, resulting in at least 10,000 deaths and more than 20,000 […]
  • FIDH files the first complaint before the IACHR for acts of corruption against the State of Mexico.
    FIDH, Familias Unidas en la Búsqueda y Localización de Personas Desaparecidas de Piedras Negras e IDHEAS, and Litigio Estratégico en Derechos Humanos, presented yesterday a complaint (petition) before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for acts of corruption, torture and enforced disappearance in Coahuila between 2009 and 2016. This petition is filed in the […]
  • Brumadinho dam: NGOs urge companies and investors to use leverage and require Vale to remedy the situation
    Today, 86 organisations addressed a letter to companies and investors of the mining and steel industry following the rupture of the Brumadinho tailings dam, on January 25. The letter urges the companies to exercise their due diligence regarding the situation in Brazil and to require Vale S.A. to adequately repair the victims of these events […]
  • Sudan: 30 women detained in inhumane conditions following involvement in protests
    The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and FIDH are deeply concerned about the safety of 30 women detained without access to lawyers or family members by the Sudanese National Security Intelligence Services (NISS) in Omdurman women's prison. The detainees were targeted for their participation or suspected involvement in the ongoing protests calling […]
  • Belarus: judicial harassment of 3 environmental activists
    BLR 001 / 0219 / OBS 018 Arbitrary detention/ Judicial harassment Obstacle to freedom to peaceful assembly Belarus February 20, 2019 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Belarus. Description of the situation: […]
  • Prosecution of Carlos Ghosn exposes flawed criminal justice system
    (Paris, Tokyo) The Japanese government must urgently take concrete steps towards addressing serious flaws in the country's criminal justice system in order to bring it into line with international human rights standards, FIDH and its member organization Center for Prisoners' Rights (CPR) said today. “The international community has finally paid attention to Japan's flawed criminal […]
  • Iran: Judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of 3 human rights lawyers
    IRN 002 / 0219 / OBS 017 Sentencing/ Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment Iran February 19, 2019 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran. Brief description of the situation: The Observatory has […]
  • Incorporating human rights into investment strategies: 2018 Non-Financial Rating of the 28 EU Member States
    FIDH is happy to release the English version of its study "EU Member States under the Spotlight” and to encourage investors in sovereign bond markets to invest in human rights-respecting states. On what criteria should investment decisions be made? How should states rank when it comes to non-financial information? What indicators should be used? The […]
  • Kyrgyzstan: human rights defenders welcome Kyrgyzstan's plan to implement recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    FIDH and its member organizations welcome the Kyrgyz government's adoption of the Interagency Roadmap for 2019–2022 to implement recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). These recommendations were issued by the Committee after its consideration of Kyrgyzstan's state report and alternative reports from civil society, including a report by ADC Memorial […]