PROTECTING AND PROMOTING THE
HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE.
Since 1948 the global community has developed an extensive body of international law and principles to protect human rights. But the development and implementation of these standards has always faced opposition. There remains a gulf between human rights rhetoric and the lived experience of so many people. We seek to close that gap.
Oak Trustees have a long-standing interest in protecting the fundamental rights of the individual, supporting those who champion that struggle, and ensuring that perpetrators of gross abuses are held to account.
Find out more about our Programme strategy below.
WATCH OUR PROGRAMME VIDEO
© William Meyer
In this introductory video, the IHRP’s director, Adrian Arena, talks about the work of the programme and the key challenges that they are facing today.
We support activist organisations involved in creative efforts that support our aims: from documentation, evidence collection, campaigns, strategic litigation and outreach. We also support those who empower human rights defenders, by improving their physical and digital security and enhancing their effectiveness through a range of technological tools. We provide core, project and seed funding in multi-year grants.
To close the impunity gap for gross violations of human rights by investigating and documenting gross abuses, holding abusers to account and seeking victim redress.
To uphold fundamental guarantees in international law which prohibit arbitrary detention and torture and ensure the observance of due process guarantees.
To ensure that LGBTI communities are free from discriminatory prosecution, persecution and violence.
We support efforts which:
To protect human rights defenders at risk, strengthen their capacity, combat closing civic space and build a strong and resilient human rights movement.
We support efforts which:
OUR FUNDING PRINCIPLES
Our grant-making is underpinned by the following;
Upholding the international legal framework
We support work that is based upon and seeks to uphold, strengthen and implement international human rights law;
Promoting systemic change
We prioritise initiatives that seek to deliver concrete systemic change beyond individual redress;
We support initiatives that seek to create change through activism (for example, advocacy campaigning and strategic litigation);
Strengthening our partners
Our grant-making is a partnership. We empower and build the capacity of our partners; and
Strengthening the global human rights movement
We support and mobilise diverse constituencies in support of human rights worldwide.
In 2017 the International Human Rights Programme made 55 grants totalling USD 25.16 million.
WHERE WE FUND
The IHRP works internationally at the global, regional and national levels. We fund directly in the EU (including the UK), the US, Brazil, Russia, India and Myanmar. There is very limited capacity to expand our geographic coverage. Exceptionally, we sometimes work with intermediary organisations in those geographies where there is potential to advance specific lines of work where we are not currently active.
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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.