International Federation For Human Rights (FIDH)
Source description last updated: 13 March 2014
In brief: The International Federation for Human Rights (Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme, FIDH) is an umbrella organization of human rights NGOs.
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„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: What is FIDH, undated)

„FIDH is a non-partisan, non-religious, apolitical and non-profit organisation, and in France, where it is based, it has public interest status (reconnue d’utilité publique).“ (FIDH: What is FIDH, undated)
FIDH has singled out areas of prime concern; these are the situation of human rights defenders, protection of women's and migrants' rights, to put an end to impunity, to strengthen respect for human rights in a globalised context, to strengthen respect for human rights in areas of conflict. (FIDH: What is FIDH, undated)
FIDH's activities are supported by various international and national institutions, foundations, associations and other institutions, and corporations. A list of their supporters can be found at FIDH: Financial Statements, undated
Scope of reporting:
FIDH acts in and reports on all countries concerned by human rights violations. Some of its topics are such as the situation of human rights defenders, women and migrants, international justice and terrorism, death penalty and enforced disappearances and human rights in a globalised context.
FIDH conducts fact-finding-missions at the request of national human rights organisations, victims and their families. These missions “are aimed at giving elements of judgment on human rights violations to the public opinion and the international community, at contributing to improve human rights promotion and protection standards, the protection of victims and the strengthening of the work of human rights’ advocates.” (FIDH: United States – Mexico: Walls, Abuses, and Deaths at the Borders. Flagrant Violations of the Rights of Undocumented Migrants on their Way to the United States, March 2008).
FIDH „acts through a network of international experts (chargés de mission) who give their time on a voluntary basis“ (FIDH: What is FIDH, undated); on its homepage, FIDH publishes press releases and reports on various topics concerning human rights violations and the human rights situation in all countries. FIDH's actions are „founded on three strategic pillars: securing the freedom and capacity to act for human rights defenders, the universality of rights and their effectiveness.“ (FIDH: Annual Report 2011, December 2011)
Data is drawn from trial observations, investigative missions, solidarity missions and fact-finding missions; reports based on these data are being published on a regular basis.  (FIDH: Annual Report 2011, December 2011, p.13).
Language(s) of publications:
The FIDH Website is available in French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi.
Publications are available in English, French, sometimes in Spanish or in other languages

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