About UsWhat is IRCHR
The International Rohingya Council for Human Rights is an independent non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 by a group of Rohingya elite human rights activists and scholars.
IRCHR works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights, primarily civil and political rights in Myanmar (Burma), particularly in Arakan state. We empower the Rohingya community and other civil society in the state of Arakan to claim their rights and drive change and through detailed research and analysis, we develop innovative policy and advocate for its implementation.
IRCHR works to address these issues, through monitoring human rights violations and the democratic process, advocating for policy and legislative changes necessary to the promotion of human rights, and through empowering activists to advocate the communities for their rights. Each of our projects seeks to empower a number of different actors, ordinary people, grassroots activists, community-based organizations
Myanmar is at a crossroads: rapid economic growth in recent years has expanded the opportunities available to Myanmar’s citizens, yet the Government’s failure to systematically respect and promote human rights has led to widespread violations, which continue to hinder the development of true democracy in the country.
IRCHR believes that the development of an accountability movement and a culture of human rights in Myanmar are crucial to the long-term peace and security of the country and the region. The transition to an authoritarian regime does not necessarily lead to an improved human rights situation if institutions and civil society are weak, or if a culture of human rights and democratic governance has not been cultivated. By providing Rohingyas and the people of the Myanmar with comprehensive human rights reports, data about the past and present human rights violations and information about international human rights standards, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
What we are doing
IRCHR supports the citizens of Myanmar’s’ ability to demand accountability, reform public institutions, and promote transparency and respect for human rights.
IRCHR is also working with other ethnic communities whose rights have been frequently and systematically violated. These communities include such as Kachin, Karen, and Shan. This work will be carried out in close collaboration with other human rights groups who focus and specialize in these areas.
IRCHR also conducts training and will serve as resource persons / facilitators for a number of local, national, regional and international human rights training.
Presently, IRCHR is focusing on freedom of expression and human rights defenders. IRCHR is based in the London United Kingdom, and works closely with local activists, groups, and networks as well as regional (Asian) and international human rights networks.
IRCHR is looking forward to work closely with leading international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, International Service for Human Rights, Frontline Defenders and other human rights groups in the region.
Thank you for visiting the website of the International Rohingya Council for Human Rights (IRCHR). Your interest in, and support of, IRCHR is greatly appreciated and essential to our ongoing efforts to promote and protect human rights in Myanmar and around the world.
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