The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) was founded in 1972 in Frankfurt am Main. It has 36 sections around the world; the German section has over 3,000 members.
ISHR is committed to the attainment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 10 December, 1948. It focuses on the field of fundamental rights and civil liberties. The work is based on three pillars: public relations and educational work, individual casework and humanitarian aid.
ISHR is mainly financed by donations and contributions; it receives no government grants. It is recognized as a non-profit charitable organization. The ISHR has a consultative status (Roster) at the United Nations ECOSOC, consultative status with the Euro Council, observer status at the Organisation of African States and associated status with the Office of Public Information of the United Nations.