Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in The Hague, Netherlands. GHRD focuses on promoting and protecting human rights of minorities and marginalised groups globally.
In 2003, GHRD started its work from the living room of our current Chairman Sardhanand Sital. Several volunteers aided GHRD’s objectives, with a strong interest in human rights, that were outraged by a series of gang rapes in Bangladesh at that time. Over time, the organisation grew and developed into a well-connected and active NGO with several partners in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. GHRD has been growing tremendously: starting with a primary focus on South Asia, the organization now operates on a global stage.
GHRD caters to promoting and protecting human rights globally. It places emphasis on the areas and populations where severe and extensive human rights violations of ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities are taking place which have been completely overlooked by the mainstream media. GHRD conducts its work based on three pillars: (1) human rights reporting through a human rights television platform (GHRTV), (2) humanitarian aid and (3) human rights educational programs.
GHRD is integrally distinctive from other organisations in various ways. For one, it focuses on those issues and areas where people have been deprived of their rights and both government and local authorities have not reflected much support. GHRD is the first organisation in The Hague, The Netherlands to address the human rights issues of the minorities through HRTV channel. GHRD is distinctive, because of its permanent presence of local observers, who produce genuine information and reports of distinctive quality.
GHRD concentrates on the human rights of minority groups and our work is based on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Minorities (1992). The UN declaration on the Rights of Minorities 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.”
The large majority of violent conflicts in the world today are conflicts within states and not much across the borders; with groups polarised across ethnic and religious divides. Minority populations are among those who often suffer and become a victim of violent conflicts and abuses due to their ethnicity, economic status, religious beliefs and cultural values.
Thus, it is crucial that the International Human Rights agreements are translated into practical actions, through the integration of minority rights into development, by supporting those who are excluded from access to basic rights.
This is why GHRD concentrates on human rights of minority groups
That are dominated by social, economic and political power;
That have been deprived of effective protection against gross and systematic violations;
That have been deprived of access to resources, because of their identity and beliefs.
Our vision is to grant 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.
Our mission is to actively promote and protect human rights of the minorities and marginalised groups, in order to enhance their socio-economic status. This is done through an international platform of empowerment by education, advocating, influencing to demand efforts from established organizations and relevant authorities, and media reporting. We strive for the fulfilment of the fundamental human rights as proclaimed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN declaration on Rights of Minorities (1992).
GHRD monitors human rights violations and utilizes collected information to advocate and influence changes in laws, policymaking and bring awareness to different stakeholders with the aim to end human rights violations and injustices.