About us

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels (BE) and registered in Dublin (IR) since January 2015.

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights is the European representation of a coalition of other like-minded NGOs, which includes the Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain – ADHRB (Washington DC, USA), the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights – BCHR (Copenhagen, DK) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy – BIRD (London, UK), seeking to promote human rights and democracy in the Gulf region, with a particular focus on Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

ECDHR is in charge of representing the network at the EU level. It engages with EU institutions, media and other relevant stakeholders in Brussels in order to raise awareness and promote the respect of fundamental human rights in the Gulf region. ECDHR also collaborates closely with other international NGOs and NGO networks committed to the issues of human rights and democracy in the region.

Besides our Brussels office, ECDHR has an office in Beirut (Lebanon) which is focused on independence and neutrality of medical services during armed conflicts and civil unrests through our initiative Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI).

For more information about our mission and our approach, please click here.