Gulf Centre for Human RIghts (GCHR)
Kind of support: Host entities, Grant-making entities, Policy-makers
Geographical scope: Regional
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is an independent, non-profit NGO that provides support and protection to human rights defenders (HRDs) in order to promote human rights, including but not limited to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Where We Work: GCHR is based in Lebanon and documents the environment for HRDs in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries, specifically Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. GCHR was founded in 2011. Vision: To have vibrant civic spaces in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries in which human rights are fully respected and HRDs, including journalists, bloggers and Internet activists, can work free from oppression and fear. Objectives Protection: To provide protection for HRDs and enhance their effectiveness. Awareness: To raise awareness locally, regionally and internationally about issues pertaining to HRDs at risk. Advocacy: To enable a safer environment for HRDs at risk, through advocacy at regional fora and via international mechanisms. Networking: To facilitate networking and exchanges between HRDs and social movements.