International Council for Human Rights Policy

 International Council for Human Rights Policy

The International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP)  website presents the legacy of 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 their legacy site you can download all publications and learn more about 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, approachand contributions of continuing long-term relevance.

In 2008, the ICHRP published Climate Change and Human Rights – A Rough Guide. This report, a first of its kind, helped orient human rights thinking about climate change by framing the relevant issues clearly. In 2009 in collaboration with Cambridge University Press, the ICHRP published a volume, Human Rights and Climate Change, containing articles by a range of well-known experts on climate change and human rights. This was the first collection to deal systematically with a range of theoretical and practical concerns concerning the human rights dimensions of climate change, and made a key contribution to advancing the role of human rights in climate change debates.

In February 2012, the decision was taken to close the ICHRP as a result of the difficult economic conditions.  The ICHRP website now preserves the important legacy of their excellent work and the GNHRE is proud to continue to honour the ICHRP as an important contributor in the search for new thinking on human rights and the environment.