The International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation focusing on freedom of religion or belief. The IHRC has specific expertise and experience of working with marginalised religious groups and advocating their precarious position to bring about effective change so that they can enjoy the same rights as other citizens.
The IHRC is headquartered in London, England with members around the globe. Its members consist of human rights professionals, lawyers, politicians and academics. The IHRC works, in a collaborative manner, with International and National Partners, including States, United Nations, EU Institutions, NGOs and human rights activists to promote freedom of religion or belief.
It has experience of working particularly in Asia and the Middle East, given the human rights violations in those regions. In this regard, advice and training are regularly provided on country specific issues through independent expert reports.
The IHRC is in the process of applying for Consultative Status with ECOSOC.
Harry van Bommel (1962) was a Member of the Dutch parliament from 1998 until 2017 and a prominent member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In this capacity he regularly raised the issue of the persecution of Ahmadiyya muslims in Pakistan. Mr. Van Bommel has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, and holds a Bachelor degree in education. A staunch supporter of people’s livelihood in areas of poverty and injustice, he has been a regular visitor to developing countries in Africa and Asia, with a strong focus on the position of ethnic and religious minorities. On his initiative Khalifa Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad was invited to address the Dutch Parliament. Mr. Van Bommel in recent years trained young politicians and activists in Iraq, Egypt, Surinam and Armenia. Harry van Bommel currently serves as strategic advisor to the council of Zwolle in the Netherlands and is still active as an international election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).