The British Institute Of Human Rights

The British Institute Of Human Rights

Charity information

The British Institute Of Human Rights

The British Institute of Human Rights is a pioneer in promoting and upholding human rights in the UK. Our mission is to bring human rights to life in the UK by supporting and empowering people and organisations to know what human rights are and what they are not, putting human rights into practice at an everyday level for example by working with mental health advocates, and protecting and progressing human rights here at home for everyone in the UK.

Founded 1970

  • Mission statement

    Founded over 40 years ago the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is an independent charity working to bring human rights to life here at home. We empower people to:

    KNOW what human rights are (and often what they are not)

    USE human rights in practice to achieve positive change in everyday life without resorting to the courts

    PROTECT make sure those in power respect and progress our human rights laws and systems in the UK.

    At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to making sure the international promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, developed after the horrors of World War II, is made real here at home. Our innovative work seeks to achieve a society where human rights are respected as the cornerstone of our democracy and enable each of us to live well in communities that value the equal dignity of each person.

    Our education, research and advocacy work supports people and organisations to realise the potential of human rights to empower people and to transform organisations. By doing so, we inspire a new generation of organisations and individuals to recognise that human rights are the standards by which we should live, and to live up to their human rights responsibilities.

  • Aims

    The British Institute Of Human Rights aims to:

    • To ensure that people know and realise their human rights by promoting better awareness of, and respect for, human rights
    • To equip public services and voluntary and community groups to practise human rights in everyday settings, so that those with responsibilities can deliver them better
    • To empower people and organisations to protect and progress the human rights framework in the UK
    • To be an authoritative voice on developments in human rights law, policy and practice, including on issues which regression
  • Overview

    Established: October 1970

    Registered Charity Number: 1101575

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 5

    Part time staff: 3

    Phone number: 02078825852

    Address: School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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