Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

1. Introduction

Pakistan International Human Rights Organization (PIHRO) protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders and their organisations. To accomplish this, PIHRO brings organisations together and unites them into an international network. PIHRO advocates with partner organisations to promote the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender – to ensure that individuals and organisations can work freely and openly to protect human rights at home and abroad.

This Code of Conduct sets out the professional standards of the PIHRO. It guides us in the performance of our professional responsibilities and the achievement of our common goal, which is to promote and strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Code of Conduct

  • Establishes a standard for the behaviour of all organisations and governing bodies in the PIHRO. Lays out the duties of all organisations and governing bodies.
  • Sets guidelines for communication, between the PIHRO and the organisations in PIHRO Network and Improves the effectiveness of our work by enhancing transparency and accountability.

2. Principles of Conduct

  • We respect all human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all persons in all countries of the world in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • We are committed to being transparent and open about our objectives, structure and activities. We seek to be independent from our donors and do not tolerate corruption, internally or externally.
  • Leaders of PIHRO and member organisations will not engage in political activities that restrict or damage the independence of the PIHRO.
  • We act honestly and in what we believe to be the best interest of human rights defenders, member and partner organisations, and the Network.
  • When we take and implement decisions, we will observe the following standards of governance: we will be participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive.
  • We do not use and will not tolerate any abusive language in our work.

Last reviewed: 04/10/2017


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