Global Rights is an international human rights and governance capacity-building non-governmental organization. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1978 with the name International Human Rights Law Group, the organization changed its name to Global Rights: Partners for Justice in 2003 on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. In December 2014 it shut its Washington headquarters and devolved the center of its operations to its country office in Nigeria, from where the organization continues to work with local activists in Africa to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations.
For nearly 20 years, we have worked to build the capacity of underserved communities in Nigeria and build platforms for participatory governance, working on a wide range of cross-cutting issues including: women’s rights, access to justice, natural resource governance and human rights; and security and human rights. Global Rights works at the intersection of the protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights through good governance. Mandatorily, women’s rights, access to remedies, and disabilities issues, are focal threads woven through the fabric of all our programmes.
Our programs address governance failures that exacerbate the disenfranchisement and violations of the rights of the poor and marginalized, women, and victims of discrimination. While the need for action is universal, no one model is uniformly applicable and all programs are customized to specific needs and conditions.