The International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) closed down in February 2012. This is a web archive of the reports and papers of ICHRP.
The International Council on Human Rights Policy was established in Geneva in 1998 to conduct applied research into problems and dilemmas that face organisations working in the field of human rights. The International Council was:
- strictly independent
- international in membership and activity
- consultative in its approach
All Council activities related directly to human rights.
The Council was independent of governments and inter-governmental organisations as well as voluntary and private sector organisations. It worked closely with all such bodies in the pursuit of its research objectives.
The Council was governed by its Executive Board, which is responsible for direction of the Council’s programme, finances and organisation. All decisions to start research were taken by the Board.
The Board appointed the International Council, which had up to thirty Members, including Board Members. Council Members met annually to identify and discuss emerging international human rights issues and recommend themes for research to the Executive Board. The original Council met for the first time in Cairo in 1997. Subsequent meetings have taken place in Lima in 1998, in Geneva in 1999, in Jakarta in 2001, in Geneva in 2002, in Guadalajara in 2003, in Geneva in 2004 and in Lahore in 2005. Council Members served for a period of three years, renewable once.
The programme was implemented by a Secretariat based in Geneva. The Secretariat ensured that projects were well designed and well managed, and that research findings were brought to the attention of relevant authorities and actors, and those who had a direct interest in the policy areas concerned.
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