Founded in 2008, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), formerly the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, is a non-partisan, independent human rights non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in New York that works actively in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. CHRI’s team is comprised of trained lawyers, researchers, and journalists with extensive research and advocacy experience in international organizations and publications.
CHRI supports the Iranian people’s struggle for human rights and amplifies their voices on the international stage. On the global stage, CHRI fills the gaps in information and knowledge caused by lack of access to Iran. We have earned a reputation as one of the major organizations providing relevant, verified, and up-to-date information about the human rights situation in Iran. International journalists consult us for background; diplomats heed our briefings. We routinely cooperate with major human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
We use solid research tools, reliable documentation, and effective communication methods to shed light on the situation of human rights activists and victims inside Iran and to effect changes in Iran. Our international media advocacy, in which we provide firsthand accounts of abuses thereby bringing untold stories to light, is highly productive. By fostering relationships with major players in the human rights community, magnified by major media organizations, CHRI has been able to augment its impact on both national governments and international organizations like the United Nations.
Recognizing the important role of emerging powers on the international stage, CHRI is expanding its international reach towards Brazil, South Africa, India, and Turkey, in addition to its initial presence in Western Europe and the United States.
Originally a project of the Dutch Foundation for Human Security in the Middle East, CHRI is now a US-based international initiative focused on the urgent challenges faced by the Iranian people, in particular civil society and the human rights community. Since January 2012, CHRI has been a recognized United States 501(c)3 charity organization.