About this website
The International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) closed down in February 2012. This is a web-archive of the 14 years of work of the ICHRP.
It provides free access to the full archive of ICHRP’s publications: over 35 reports and summaries and 200 working papers—mostly in English but also in Spanish, French and other languages—covering a wide range of human rights policy issues. On this site you can download all publications and learn more the projects of the ICHRP. You can browse by year, language, or type of document.
The ICHRP was first conceived in 1994 by a group of eminent human rights advocates, scholars and policy makers, to address the dilemmas and challenges of translating international human rights principles and standards into policy realities. Between 1998 and 2012 it undertook thirty-five major research projects addressing a wide range of policy questions and providing a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking.
The ICHRP identified issues that impeded the promotion and protection of human rights in policy-making across the globe, and proposed strategies to overcome these obstacles. It stimulated co-operation and exchange across the non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental sectors, and strove to mediate between competing perspectives and communities of practice.
ICHRP’s intellectual autonomy, willingness to engage with complexity, readiness to break boundaries of discipline and practice, and commitment to rigour and collaboration continues to render its work, approach and contributions relevant.