41st Congress: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is 100 years old!


Paris, 25 October 2022. On the occasion of its congress, which celebrates its centenary, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) opened its Congress and held its forum at the Paris Hôtel de Ville on 23 and 24 October 2022. For the occasion, 180 human rights defenders from all over the world came together in the name of the same struggle: that of freedom, respect for rights and those who defend them. The debates and joint working sessions will continue throughout the week at the Novotel hotel in Paris est.

FIDH and its French member organisation, the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), are hosting the 41st FIDH Congress, which takes place in Paris from 23 to 27 October 2022. This Congress also marks the Centenary of the creation of the FIDH, whose headquarters have been in Paris since the beginning. A manifesto has been written for this occasion, pushing the advocacy for human rights into a new century.

Read FIDH manifesto published on the occasion of the Congress:

Since 1922 —on the initiative of the French (LDH) and German Leagues— national human rights organisations based in Europe and then from all around the world formed a global network, learning from the horrors of World War I. Today, FIDH has 192 member organisations from 117 countries and its slogan still resonates with us all "Peace through Human Rights".

The 41st FIDH congress brings together its member organisations, international experts and over 180 participants from local civil society groups. The event is an opportunity for human rights organisations from around the world to share experiences and "best" practices in addressing the challenges of human rights protection.

This year’s FIDH Congress will focus on the complexity and evolution of human rights issues such as the environmental crisis, the commons, the explosion of poverty, universality of rights and global governance. The Congress is also a milestone in the democratic governance of the FIDH.

Are you a member of the FIDH? Access the website dedicated to the Congress.

Read more