Background information

Since 2016, the IHRC EU Office coordinates IHRC advocacy activities with EU Institutions, including the European External Action Services, European Parliament, European Commission and EU Delegations.

IHRC advocacy work in the EU currently focuses on three main strands:

– Campaigning for the release of the political activists and human rights defenders e.g. Sheikh el-Zakzaky and Mallama Zeenah in Nigeria

– Protecting migrants’ rights in Southern European Countries

– Combatting Islamophobia in Europe

These actions are pursued through the following activities:

  • Follow-up of the policy developments on a number of issues that relate to anti-discrimination, anti-racism, counter-terrorism, media laws and regulation at the EU and national levels;
  • Reinforcing existing networks (network-strengthening and community-building activities) of human rights and civil society networks in Brussels and across Europe;
  • Presenting IHRC and its positions on a number of policy areas to International and European stakeholders at institutional and civil society levels;
  • Writing position papers, briefing documents, press releases, research, newsletters to be promoted and disseminated in relevant EU arenas;
  • Advocating on behalf of individual cases of human rights activists to the EU officers as laid down in the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders, e.g. raising cases with national authorities, observing trials, visiting detained human rights defenders.

IHRC AT EU – Publication and Events

Latest event: Launch of report on RAN. Details here.  Watch the event here.   Much of IHRC’s work has a focus on EU states, including projects undertaken with the support of European bodies, as well as work undertaken independently. Our public events at EU bodies

Our Strategic Advocacy Aims

IHRC at EU is working towards the following outcomes vis-à-vis Islamophobia and racism in the short to medium term. • To promote public awareness of the stigmatization of Muslim communities and the potential and actual impact on society • To achieve and consolidate a critical

Contact IHRC at EU

To contact the IHRC at EU team, please email the EU Officer, Caterina Aiena on caterina[AT]ihrc.org. For media enquiries, and / or to be added to the IHRC at EU media email list please email the Press Officer media[AT]ihrc.org. Subscribe to our mailing list here,

Campaigning for political activists and human rights defenders

Since 2015, IHRC has undertaken a campaign work in support of Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and Mallama Zeenah along with other Islamic Movement of Nigeria activists, who have been detained in Nigeria and illegally detained and targeted by State violence and brutality. The campaign has been