The Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) is dedicated to promoting principles of justice and respect for fundamental human rights through the rule of law in different parts of the world.
The BHRC believes that the availability of an effective legal profession and infrastructure is a crucial development issue and a pre-condition for civil liberties and human rights. Most of BHRC's efforts seek to inspire, organise, inform and extend the work within the legal sectors of countries.
In doing so, the BHRC's main objectives are:
The remit of the BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England and Wales. This reflects the Committee’s need to maintain its role as an independent but legally qualified observer, critic and advisor, with internationally accepted rule of law principles at the heart of its agenda.
The BHRC carries out a wide range of activities, including
Background and scope
The BHRC was set up by a group of barristers in 1991 with the aims of helping judges, lawyers and legal personnel who are being persecuted or prevented from carrying out their professional duties and protecting the rule of law where it is under attack by governments. Since then, the BHRC has expanded substantially both the scope of its activities and its membership. Today, the Committee counts over 100 members, including an Executive of thirteen, and over 100 associates.
In recent years, the BHRC has successfully implemented a significant number of projects and conducted numerous missions to many countries in different regions globally, including Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Bahrain, Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Colombia, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Sudan. Project funding is secured on an ad-hoc basis with many of our projects funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).