Sub-Regional and National Activities
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Since 2004, ISHR has conducted regional and national trainings, consultations and workshops to build the capacity of human rights defenders to use international and regional human rights mechanisms, and address specific issues of concern to them.

Regional and national consultations

ISHR has organised several consultations and workshops for human rights defenders at the regional and national levels in Africa, bringing them together with relevant stakeholders such as members of national human rights institutions, government representatives and representatives of foreign missions.


The main purpose of such consultations is to provide a forum for defenders to discuss and analyse the environment in which they carry out their work and to identify and address the main obstacles that they face. In addition to providing support to defenders to conduct such situational analyses, ISHR also provides support to defenders in identifying and implementing strategies for their protection. Conducting capacity building training activities to enable defenders to effectively use existing human rights protection mechanisms is one of the main protection strategies supported by ISHR.

Training courses on regional and international human rights systems

ISHR also organises and conducts general trainings on the use of the regional and international human rights mechanisms. The aim of such trainings is to build the capacity of defenders and other stakholders to make effective use of the international and regional mechanisms, such as the United Nations human rights system and its procedures, and the African human rights system.

Who are our key stakeholders?

Human rights defenders and members of National Human Rights Institutions are the main stakeholders in ISHR's regional and national trainings.

What are our focus regions within Africa?

ISHR has focussed its work mainly on two regions in Africa - the Great Lakes region and the Mano River Union Basin. ISHR has worked in the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi) since  2004 and in West Africa since 2005 (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinéa-Conakry and Côte d'Ivoire).


At the national level, ISHR also conducts capacity building activities in a number of focus countries, such as Togo and Nigeria. Additionally, the objective of supporting regional networks is to support the implementation of protection strategies at the national level.

Who are our partners?

Our partners are human rights defenders, national human rights institutions from focus countries, as well as actors within the regional human rights system. From partnering with individual organisations in the regions since the inception of our work, ISHR has tried to consolidate its work in the region and expand its scope by supporting and partnering with regional human rights defenders networks, such as the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EAHAHRDN) and the West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN). In particular, ISHR has tried to support and promote the use of regional networks as a means of effective protection of human rights defenders working at the local and national levels.

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