About us

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. As an academic study and research institution, it is independent from all governments, political parties, organizations and philosophical or religious groups.


Its key objective is to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of human rights. Since it's establishment in 2004, GIHR strived to work for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, seeking to ensure that the principles of equality, dignity and respect are incorporated into all levels of public service.


The Institute obtained a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and provides training and advisory services to many governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions in many countries of the world .


The Geneva Institute for Human Rights office in Sudan officially opened in June of 2021, to continue the Institute's vision of spreading awareness, raise and strengthen capacities in the field of human rights in the country, as well as support Sudan during it's crucial transitional period. 


Sustainably anchor human rights in Sudan.

Our Mission

GIHR works towards a thriving culture of human rights in the MENA+ region through 3 interlinked levels of work.

National Awareness and capacity in human rights has been sustainably developed, contributing towards ‘change from within’.

Human rights have been anchored sustainably in national/regional institutions, process and protection mechanisms.

MENA+ region is robustly and effectively engaged with Geneva-based human rights bodies and mechanisms.


Our Vision

GIHR envisages a MENA+ region where States ensure the respect, protection, promotion and fulfilment of all the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments, and develop national human rights protection mechanisms that meet the highest international standards.

Our Core Values

  • Dignity and Respect: Every human being is entitled to have their dignity and human rights respected equally whatever their gender, age, religion or disability.

  • Knowledge: Knowledge is an asset, through promotion of human rights principals’ effective social change can occur.

  • Integrity: Transparency, democracy and integrity are crucial to enable empowerment of the community.

Our Objectives

Promotion and dissemination of international human rights principles as they are expressed in the international Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, and as in other covenants related to human rights. Acquainting any concerned civil societies and governmental institutions with these principles.

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