Who we are

About us

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) promotes and advocates human rights in areas where minorities and marginalised groups are targets of regular human rights violations and global attention for these abuses is lacking. The key countries of operation are Pakistan and Bangladesh, two of the most dangerous countries for religious, sexual and ethnic minorities. In India and Nepal GHRD is involved in local projects to promote and advocate human rights.

The work of GHRD is based on three pillars:

  • human rights monitoring and advocacy,

  • human rights education and awareness raising,

  • human rights empowerment.

The pillars are interlinked and reinforce each other. GHRD projects incorporate aspects of all three pillars. Thus, GHRD adopts a holistic approach, providing learning opportunities, advocating on the national and international level, and empowering individuals to claim their place in society.



Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) envisions a world where the rights of all minorities and marginalised groups are respected and upheld in accordance with national and international laws, treaties and agreements.

The philosophy behind GHRD – rights and duties

GHRDs mission is to strive for the fulfillment of fundamental human rights as proclaimed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The main driving force behind this declaration, Eleanor Roosevelt was convinced that:“The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities.” This is one of the philosophies behind GHRD’s creation and manner of operation- the key to the fulfillment of universal human rights is to find the balance between rights and duties. Mahatma Gandhi pursued the same ideas: “When we turn away from our obligations, the human rights will be further away then ever” (Mahatma Gandhi).

Another source of inspiration is Martin Luther King Jr who also adopted Gandhi’s philosophies of non-violent civil disobedience to achieve peace and equal rights for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion or caste.



The mission of Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is to actively promote and protect the human rights of minorities and marginalised groups and to enhance their socio-economic empowerment by educating, advocating and influencing. GHRD monitors human rights violations and utilizes collected information to advocate and influence changes in policy making and educate a variety of stakeholders in order to decrease human rights violations.


The large majority of violent conflicts in the world today are conflicts within states and not across borders; with groups polarised across ethnic and religious divides. Ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities suffer discrimination and are frequently the victims of human rights abuses.

Minorities are often among the poorest of the poor. International human rights agreements need to be translated into practical action through the integration of minority rights into development, by supporting those who are excluded to access (economic) resources and decision-making processes.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities (1992) states: “National policies and programmes shall be planned and implemented with due regard for the legitimate interests of persons belonging to minorities” and “Programmes of cooperation and assistance among states should be planned and implemented with due regard for the legitimate interests of persons belonging to minorities”.