Events and Campaigns



Invitation to the 41st Annual International Society of Human Rights Conference

From April 12-14, 2013, the German Branch of the International Society for Human Rights will be holding the 41st Annual ISHR Conference at the Gustav Stresemann Institute (GSI) in Bonn, Germany. The conference will bring together human rights activists from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America to exchange experiences, to collaborate on future actions, and to network. The conference presentations and discussions will be led by expert witnesses and will focus on various, present-day human rights abuses and ongoing situations worldwide.



NGOs petition EU to support the compliance of Human Rights principles in Cuba

On November 19th, 2012, during talks within the European Union about a common position towards the Republic of Cuba, the Europe-Cuba NGO Network released the following petition to the EU.



Foundation of ISHR USA

On October 13, 2012, a cheerful atmosphere of optimism surrounded the memorial place "Casa del Preso" in Miami.  The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) USA was founded. The Event was hosted by the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR/IGFM), German Section. Within the last years, numerous residents of the United States joined the organization. 74 people participated in the event, amongst them the Consul General Eva Countess Kendeffy, the president of Mothers and Women against Repression (M.A.R. por Cuba) Sylvia Iriondo and the president of the "Casa del Preso" Luis Infante.
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Conference: Annual Meeting of the ISHR Section Russia / 40 years ISHR: Protection of Human Rights - the Vital Aim of Democracy

25 years ago the ISHR founded in St. Petersburg its first Working Group in Russia, shortly after in Moscow and other towns and reagions of the country. The ISHR Section Russia was born. On this occasion a conference of the section entitled "40's Anniversary of the International Society for Human Rights: Protection of Human Rights - the Vital Aim of Democracy" will take place in Moscow, Russia.
Day / time: July 14, 2012,   10:00 - 16:00 h
Location: Moscow, ul. Lublinskaya 151



ISHR promoting the "Project 2048": Restatement of the Law of Human Rights

The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) organized two side-events during the Human Rights Council's 16 session on 11 and 12 March 2011.  The panels were hosted in cooperation with Berkeley University under the title:  "Berkeley University's Project 2048 and the International Court of Human Rights" at the Palais des Nations, United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize 2011

Freedom Now and the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights are pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Hungary, members of the Parliament of Canada, members of the United States Congress, members of the European Parliament, members of the British House of Lords, and a leading member of another government.

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Belarus: Open Letter by 9 European civil and human rights organizations

Nine civil and human rights organizations of several European countries jointly express in an Open Letter to the Belarusian authorities and to the Governments of the EU Member States the deepest concern about the mass detentions and serious human rights violations in December 2010. They express their full solidarity with people and organizations who are suffering due to the tyranny of Europe's last country of dictatorship and call up to sign the Petition demanding the respect of fundamental human rights in Belarus.

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Cuba refuses to issue visa for German MP Markus Meckel

The Cuban government has refused to issue a visa for Markus Meckel MP, Member of the Bundestag and Deputy Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the SPD Parliamentary Group. Meckel had planned to visit Cuba between July 5 and 12 and to meet with representatives of the government as well as of the pro-democracy opposition, churches and civil society. He has visited Cuba already in 2003. Since then he has been committed to raise issues of human rights, freedom and democracy in Cuba, repeatedly criticized the Cuban government for its repressive practices towards opposition and called for the release of all political prisoners.

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Europe/Cuba NGO Network's Response to the EU Council's new Conclusions on the Evaluation of the EU Common Position on Cuba

The Europe/Cuba NGO Network welcomes the EU Council's new conclusions on Cuba, due to the emphasis it placed on reaffirming the EU's commitment to prioritizing human rights; the release of political prisoners; and the relevance of the 1996 Common Position on Cuba. The full text of the EU Council?s Foreign Relations? conclusions released after their meeting in Luxemburg on June 15th, 2009 represents a more clearly articulated position than the one from 2008.

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The ISHR Armenian working group started a long term project for disabled people

ISHR Armenian working group started on March 31, 2009 its project for disabled people "Our Right of Leisure" with a great three-hour-charity-concert in the large hall of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Yerevan. More than 20 Armenian stars singers and dances, some of them disabled themselves like the blind singer Sasha Isaev were on the stage. This project is very necessary in Armenia because the disabled are the fringe group of the society.

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ISHR Macedonia National Group Conference "Building the Future Together"

The ISHR Macedonia National Group invites other ISHR Sections and Groups to its first working conference "Building the Future Together", which will take part on 4 - 5 October 2008 in Skopje.



Boycott of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing on August 8, 2008

This action of the ISHR Switzerland is to protest the host China's government's lack of respect of human rights.
To demonstrate the peoples' opposition face of this shameful farce, we propose that artistic and cultural events be held wherever possible, throughout the duration of the opening ceremony in public places all over the world.

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SIDH Suisse: Invitation á l'Élabotation de Manifestations á l'Échelon International Lors de la Cérémonie d'Inaguration des Jeux Olympiques de Pékin

ISHR Switzerland: INVITATION to the Development of events at the International Level During the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
(In French, German and Englisch)



Bangladesh: Drop False Charges against the Journalist and Peace Activist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury! An Appeal

"Press in Bangladesh enjoys full and unhindered freedom without any kind of censorship" - so the official homepage of the Bangladesh Embassy in Germany. The persecution case of the Bangladeshi chief editor of two weekly newspapers Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury tells another story. Choudhury is a Muslim journalist, publisher, author and peace activist, a persistent and outspoken opponent of the radical Islamists and advocate of human and religious rights. He is the only Muslim journalist facing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges for confronting culture of jihad and religious hatred as well as promoting interfaith understanding and establishment of relations between Israel and the Muslim nations. His next trial is on April 15, 2008.

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Cuba: Joint Statement on Louis Michel's Call to Normalise Relations With Cuba

The following is a joint statement issued by NGOs from across Europe working on the defence of human rights, the promotion of democracy, and support for civil society in Cuba.



Cuba: Four Political Prisoners Freed. ISHR Spends Recognition to Four German Politicians

Martin Lessenthin, speaker of the board at the International Society for Human Rights extends his heartfelt appreciation to four political sponsors for their support of the unjustly imprisoned human rights defenders in Cuba and for helping to bring attention to the significant problem - political prisoners in Cuba. 30 German politicians have adopted a Cuban political prisoner through the ISHR's program so far. Among the sponsors are the President of the European Parliament, Professor Hans-Gert Pöttering, and the Prime minister of Germany's State of Saarland, Peter Müller.



ISHR Exhibition "Discover the real Cuba"

The ISHR exhibition "Discover the real Cuba" shows the hidden side of Cuba's reality - a police state, censorship, economic misery and severe persecution. It portrays cases of political prisoners in Cuba, their places of detention and prisons, the situation of their families and relatives. It explains the importance of tourism for Cuba's rulers and its outcome for the citizens. The exhibition opening took place on December 5, 2007 in the representation building of Saarland in Berlin and will be shown in 100 cities of Germany.



ISHR Human Rights Work in Cuba

The ISHR monitores the human rights situation in Cuba since 1977 and documents in its database files of 304 political prisoners in Cuba. Engagement for the guarantee of fundamental rights and the freedom of detained journalists, human rights activists and other political prisoners, the publication of the Cuba Report, a "Tourism Campaign" in order to raise awareness of the human rights situation in Cuba, the exibition "Fields of Shame" about the human rights violations - this a some examples of our work which sometimes can save lifes of persecuted innocent people.



Greetings to ISHR for 30 years Human Rights Work for Cuba

Dr. Ricardo Bofill, "Comité Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos"
Sylvia Iriondo, President of M.A.R. Por Cuba (Mothers & Women against Repression)
Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Director of the Juan Bruno Sáez health center
Juan Carlos González Leiva, Presidente de la Fundación Cubana de Derechos Humanos
Eleno Oviedo, "Plantados Until Freedom and Democracy in Cuba"
Laida A. Carro, President of the "Coalition of Cuban-American Women"
Maria C. Werlau, Executive Director of the "Cuba Archive"
Vladimiro Roca, President of the Social Democratic Party of Cuba
Rodolfo González, Cuban Committee for Human Rights and others.



Retrospection: International Cuba Conference 2006

Whereas in Europe a decreasing number of people make use of their right to vote, others fight bravely for its preconditions - freedom of opinion, freedom of information and freedom of press. For this reason ISHR invited over 70 participants from European, Latin American and North American human rights organisations, politicians and journalists to its International Cuba Conference, which focused on the topic "Freedom of Opinion and -Press for all Cubans!" Chances for a Democratic Change in Cuba? It took place on May 5th and 6th during the ISHR-Annual Meeting.



Our Christmas Present to Dictators

At the end of each year, the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) sends little thoughtful presents to despots and dictators in order to raise their attention to the human rights violations in their countries.



Human Rights Exhibition "Fields of Shame"

China and Tibet, Burma, Cuba, North Korea - the human rights situation in these countries is a catastrophe: people are systematically persecuted, detained, tortured and in the worst case killed because of their political or religious views. The travelling exhibition "Fields of Shame", which could be seen in 36 German cities in summer and autumn 2005, documents human rights violation in these countries on 100 metres of hoarding.



Christmas baubles

The International Society for Human Rights packed a very unusual Christmas gift.  The ISHR had used the upcoming Christmas celebrations as opportunity to send heads of state, who were responsible for human rights violations in their countries, a special Christmas greeting. The notorious human rights violators received a package, which contained four Christmas baubles that were redesigned to look like leg shackles with lead balls.

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Stoning tag

"Imagine this windscreen was your face"
"Help us prevent stoning"



cinema ticket mines

"Daily reams of people loose their legs through land mines. Please help the victims!" (Printed on the back of cinema tickets)

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