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Last modified: October 25, 2011, 10:26 AM
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The aim of the FIDH is to obtain effective improvements in the protection of victims, the prevention of Human Rights abuse and the prosecution of those responsible.
A broad mandate
FIDH's mandate is to act effectively and practically to ensure the respect of all the rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the civil and political rights, but also the economic, social and cultural rights.
An international network
FIDH was set up in 1922. It is now a federation of 164 Human Rights organisations in nearly 100 countries. It co-ordinates and supports their activities and provides them with a voice at the international level.
A completely independent organisation
Like its member organisations, FIDH is linked to no party, no religion, and is independent vis-à-vis all governments. Action priorities
The protection of those who protect all rights for all Human Rights defenders, who are viewed by repressive States as trouble-makers and threats to national security, are subjected to acts of repression and harassment merely because of their commitment in defence of fundamental freedoms. FIDH protects defenders and mobilises the international community in order that their role be recognised and that they receive the protection they need. Justice for the victims
FIDH makes use of all the available national and international mechanisms for fighting impunity. It gives daily support to victims of torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, by accompanying them during the whole course of their legal proceedings. FIDH made a significant contribution to the setting up of the first permanent International Criminal Court, which came into force on 1 July 2002. Globalisation respectful of Human Rights
Globalisation being now a reality, FIDH is active in seeking to ensure that it is respectful of Human Rights. FIDH demands that the States, but also the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, the IMF and business corporations, provide for the respect for Universal Human Rights when drawing up their policies and programmes. Full time mobilisation
Establishing the facts: enquiry and judicial observation missions
With activities ranging from sending a judicial observer to a trial to the organisation of an international mission of enquiry, FIDH has developed strict and impartial procedures. The experts sent out into the field give their time to FIDH on a voluntary, unpaid basis. In response to information provided by its member organisations, FIDH has conducted over a thousand missions in a hundred countries over the last 25 years.
Supporting the civil society : training programmes
FIDH organises training seminars jointly with its member organisations, in their own country. The aim is to strengthen locally the influence and capacity for action of Human Rights defenders and the credibility of their organisations in the eyes of the authorities.
Mobilising the community of States: constant lobbying of intergovernmental organisations
FIDH gives guidance and support to its 164 member organisations in their dealings with the intergovernmental organisations. By alerting international agencies to abuses of Human Rights, and by referring specific cases to them, FIDH helps to increase the protection of victims.
Mobilisation of public opinion: information and denunciation
Press releases or press conferences, open letters to Heads of State, mission reports, website, urgent appeals, petitions... publicity and information are the main means with which FIDH wages its fight against abuse of Human Rights.