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Independent of
all political and economic power, the FIDH relies heavily of
donations from the public and from private businesses,
contributions from its member organizations and on the
commitment of its voluntary workers. It also receives
grants from international and national bodies, and from
foundations, the amount of which depends on their level
of commitment.

- If you are a private individual
Damien Cousin 33 (0)1 43 55 16 59

- If you are a company
Isabelle Chebat 33 (0)1 43 55 38 15

Donations and Legacies

The FIDH is entitled to receive donations and legacies,
free from any rights of succession.
For example, in 1988 the FIDH received a legacy from
the author, Michel Leiris, which enabled it to acquire
its head office at Passage de la Main d’Or in Paris.

Friends of the FIDH

Only associations can be members of the FIDH.
However, private individuals like companies may join
the support committee "Friends of the FIDH," as active
members (private individual: 150 euros, company:
1 500 euros) or as benefactors (private individual:
760 euros, company: 5 000 euros). They are then
entitled to receive the Letter and all other publications
by the FIDH, invitations to conferences, debates, film or
theatre previews...

Freedoms and Solidarity

In July 2001, the FIDH launched an ethically shared Unit
Trust, Freedoms and Solidarity. It is made up of 80 %
debentures and 20 % equity, which meets the ethical
criteria laid down by the FIDH. Half the income from
this is paid to FIDH, in the form of donations which give
right to a tax deduction in terms of the regulations for
state approved associations in France(66 %). Freedoms and
Solidarity are available to both natural persons and legal
entities, allowing them to support what the FIDH does,
whilst at the same time profiting from a sound
investment and favouring companies and States which
are more attentive to Human Rights.

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Shared Products

The FIDH has benefited from the support of many
companies in creating shared products: Hermès, Fnac, Biche de
Bère, Sonia Rykiel, France Telecom... In December 2003,
the Fnac produced and marketed on behalf of the FIDH
a hitherto unpublished 3 track CD by Yann Tiersen, along
with a petition to protect defenders of Human Rights:
"Signing is defending." The campaign culminated with
a concert by Yann Tiersen in aid of the FIDH.


These events are organized in partnership with private
companies, whose employees or clients are invited to
them. Every year since December 2003, the FIDH organizes the
"Evening for Friends of the FIDH," in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (Dinner prepared by four of the
greatest French chefs, private visits of the exhibitions, debate, performances, ...)


Urgent Appeals

Urgent appeals by the Observatory for the Protection of
Defenders of Human Rights are a warning system for the
international community about cases of harassment and
repression of defenders. Become one of the 90 000 or so
recipients of urgent appeals, by sending an email with
your email address to engagez-vous@fidh.org and help
free them from their isolation.

Public Awareness Campaigns

The FIDH reacts to current events by launching
campaigns, conducted by its member organizations across
the globe, to raise public awareness of and mobilise
a wide section of the general public to act in any situation:
CHINA, Corporations and Human Rights ; the assembly for the liberation of Aung San Suu Kyi on
8 August 2003 (15th anniversary of the democratic
uprising in Burma) ; the press and film campaign "Against
dictators and torturers, the best strike force is the law"
(1st anniversary of the ICC)...


The french Letter of the FIDH, bi-monthly, reports on the work of
the FIDH and its member leagues, and gives analyses by
its experts and results of its investigations, which last two
topics are all published in reports (more than 30 a year).
These publications are available on subscription, by the
issue in hard copy and on the FIDH Web site.


The FIDH Web site, and its two email news-letters,
in English and in French, give details of the most recent
on-line reports, press releases, petitions and urgent
operations. Subscription to their preferred news-letter
is free for all visitors, directly through the Web site.


- If you are a private individual
Damien Cousin 33 (0)1 43 55 16 59

- If you are a company
Isabelle Chebat 33 (0)1 43 55 38 15

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