About us

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (GIHR) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Geneva. As an academic study and research institution, it is independent from all governments, political parties, organisations and philosophical or religious groups. Its key objective is to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of human rights. GIHR works 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.

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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