INCLO is a network of 13 independent, national human rights organizations from different countries in the North and South that work together to promote fundamental rights and freedoms by:
- Supporting and mutually reinforcing the work of member organisations in their respective countries
- And collaborating on a bilateral and multilateral basis
INCLO’s members came together under the realization that while there was no network of national human rights organizations, there were many reasons for these groups to get together and share information and even collaborate when useful. What started in 2008 as a series of meetings of Executive Directors from human rights organizations, soon it became clear that there was much they could learn from each other and that the group had a lot of potential to move issues forward. By 2012, there was agreement that the network needed a structure and staff to fulfil its mission and so the decision was made to formalize it. In 2015, INCLO incorporated as a Swiss association headquartered in Geneva.
INCLO’s creation comes as the international human rights system is being questioned and the capacity of the human rights movement to protect people’s fundamental rights across the globe is under threat. INCLO thus emerges as a new voice that can bring new perspectives and strategies to an international human rights movement that needs new thinking and strategies at this critical juncture. Built on the understanding that such a network has a value exceeding the sum of its parts, INCLO’s role to assert the importance of national civil society organisations in the international scenario is vital.