The International Council on Human Rights Policy provides a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking on matters of international human rights policy. In a complex world in which interests and priorities compete across the globe, the Council identifies issues that impede efforts to protect and promote human rights and proposes approaches and strategies that will advance that purpose. The Council stimulates co-operation and exchange across the non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental sectors, and strives to mediate between competing perspectives. It brings together human rights practitioners, scholars and policy-makers, along with those from related disciplines and fields whose knowledge and analysis can inform discussion of human rights policy. It produces research reports and briefing papers with policy recommendations. These are brought to the attention of policy-makers, within international and regional organisations, in governments and intergovernmental agencies, and in voluntary organisations of all kinds.