In August of 2004, 25 human rights organizations registered the Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) at the Ministry of Justice. In February of 2011, according to the general assembly of CSHRN, the Network registered with the official name of Civil Society and Human Right Organization (CSHRO) at the Ministry of Economy. We (CSHRO) are organized as a nationwide network of 160 civil society organizations representing broad segments of the Afghan society in Kabul and in five provin­ces. Our members work in a variety of areas such as women’s issues, transitional justice, radio- and TV production and printed media, but we are all bound together by our common commit­ment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and our common determination to promote human rights and to consistently apply rights-based approaches to what we do.  
We firmly believe that Afghanistan can become a society based on democracy and the rule of law in accor­dance with human rights. This belief has become our vision so accordingly, we expect our society to become a nation, based on democracy and the rule of law in accordance with human rights, and a society, where all people are aware of their rights and claim them through the rule of law.

A society where the state regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and social and political orientation provide equal opportunities for all, and where people are aware of their rights and claim them in safety and dignity.
In order to realize this ambitious task that we have taken upon us, our mission is to establish a capable human rights movement and to increase the understanding in Afghanistan for human rights and the rule of law. Our tools are modest. We engage in dialogues, we organize symposiums, conferences and workshops as we have experienced that the most sustainable path to improvement is by mutual acknowledgement, inclusion and exchange of views. We firmly believe that rule of law can only be realized in an environment of a vibrant rights based civil society and on citizens’ access to par­tici­pate in the gover­nance of the country in safety and dignity. It is the right of our people to enjoy full access to the funda­men­tal freedoms and to strive for the improvement and realization of social and economic rights.
To establish a capable human rights movement through strengthening of rights based civil society and by promoting human rights values, monitoring the human rights situation and disseminating information and by influencing policies in order to reach a society based on democracy, rule of law in accordance with human rights for all male and female in Afghanistan.
Our network has been systematically built up since its embryonic start in 2002 and its establishment as a network in 2004. We have a thorough planning as the basis of our activities and our approach is strategic, participatory and thoroughly democratic. We are accountable and transparent; our members have all full access to network information; we work within the framework of our Constitution and we are based on the Univer­sal Declaration of Human Rights.
We are currently very engaged in:
  • Promoting gender equality and the role of women in society
  • Consolidating the over-a-decade human rights gains and promoting the human rights discourse in Afghanistan
  • Women Rights and reduction of domestic violence
  • Increasing the knowledge of civil society and relevant state intuitions with regards to international human rights mechanisms
  • Strengthening the responsiveness of public institutions to meet their human rights obligations
  • Equipping the civil society with new tools and methodologies for their successful human rights advocacy

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