Setting up and running a charity – research and analysis

Charities working in the field of human rights (RS16)

Charity Commission report on charities whose focus is human rights issues.



The commission visited seven charities working in the field of human rights to prepare this report. Research identified common themes, for example:

  • the high value that human rights charities place on their independence
  • the importance of getting their message across to different audiences
  • a greater need for clarity in the extent that charities can engage in campaigning

Research shows that complaints made to the commission against human rights charities were significantly higher than other charities, although there is clear evidence of these charities following good practice in line with other charities.

Given the high profile nature of human rights issues, this report shows the varied ways in which charities seek to promote and protect human rights.