Founded in 1995, Chin Human Rights organization (CHRO) is a non-governmental non-profit organization legally registered in Canada and the United States. CHRO is accredited with Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2018.
CHRO works to protect and promote human rights through monitoring, research, documentation, education and advocacy on behalf of indigenous Chin people and other oppressed and marginalized communities in Myanmar.
Through our work, we envision a meaningful social change and the full realization of the enjoyment of human rights where the equal dignity of all human beings is respected and upheld in a free, just and democratic society.
1. To provide accurate and reliable information about the human rights situation facing Chin and other marginalized communities in Myanmar
2. To protect and promote human rights and democratic principles
3. To empower people to defend and promote their human rights
Primarily based in exile since its founding, CHRO has established an in-country presence since 2013, and has championed indigenous peoples’ rights and freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) as two key thematic areas of focus in Myanmar. In working towards its objectives, CHRO monitors, documents and reports on the human rights situation, provides capacity building through human rights training and education to empower individuals and communities affected by rights abuses, and conducts policy advocacy to improve human rights protection frameworks at the local, national and international levels. At the same time, the organization has built and empowered a strong network of rights-based organizations from across the country, and established good working relationships and trust with local communities and governmental institutions at both the local and national levels.
Initiate, Inform, Inspire, Influence: The four “I”s represent our guiding philosophy towards achieving our goals of meaningful social change. It is rooted in the belief that it is up to us to start something ourselves, to inform others of what’s happening and of the initiatives we took, and in the process, inspire others to join our cause so that we can together influence the outcome or the desired change.