Intra-state conflict has seen a resurgence since the end of the Cold war, leading to the deaths of over 25 million people and the displacement of many more. Internal conflicts of this kind have catastrophic consequences socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The reasons behind these conflict are even more complex. Peace and Reconciliation studies demonstrate however, that institutional resources and channels for negotiation, mediation and compromise can help alleviate the recourse to violence. ICO aims to give a platform to aggrieved parties, inspiring communities to take charge of their own futures and empowering them to do that by giving access to peaceful tools. By representing oppressed minorities, those who feel their country has failed to represent them through peaceful activism, we hope their voices can lead to change. Together, governments, the UN and civil society organisations and NGO, and ordinary people, we can protect our shared planet, for the sake of our future children.

James Holmes, ICO Secretary General.

Making a Difference Today

The ICO, based in London-UK, is an international organisation working for access to the right to self-determination throughout its activities empowering communities to overcome the barriers they face, fulfil their potential and create positive change in their local communities. The ICO is an organisation that engages states and civil society, to give people access to the rights set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), AND the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

We seek to foster an environment where local organisations can pave their own development while respecting cultures and appreciating the virtue of human rights.

ICO engages with states and civil society to promote the adherence to the human rights standards enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). We stimulate local development by supporting businesses and engaging in large infrastructure projects in order to meet the international benchmarks in education, work, health, and adequate standards of living.

Through the expertise of our member organisations, ICO engages in consultancy, expert visits, training on human rights, leadership and sustainable development. Our evidence documentation team works on the ground to gather data to create reports to the United Nations Human Rights Committees that monitor the implementation of the ICCPR and the ICESCR. We believe these measures will fulfil our vision of having empowered communities all over the world.

ICO Activities

  • Encourage the State Parties of the ICCPR and ICESCR to fulfil their responsibilities by assisting the realisation of international standards e.g by helping to plan its feasibility and practicability.
  • Inspire adult and youth education through participative and empowering training methodologies on human rights and development.
  • Run consultancy services with state and civil society representatives.

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