Human Rights House Foundation


Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR)

The mission of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is to promote human rights as indispensable for the functioning of the state and to strengthen respect for those rights in the society. The major values supported by the HFHR are: freedom, rule of law, equality and human dignity. The HFHR is active both in Poland and abroad (chiefly in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus and Central Asia). Since 2007, the Foundation has held consultancy status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

 +48 22 556 44 40
 +48 22 556 44 50
ul. Zgoda 11
00-018 Warsaw

The Foundation is the only organization in Poland, which covers all issues related to human rights. HFHR conducts national and international trainings, organizes conferences and seminars. It provides expert consultation in the sphere of human rights and freedoms to individuals as well as to non-governmental organizations and to state institutions (such as parliamentary committees, police, the judiciary, the prison service, the border guard, public health service).

Within the framework of its mission, HFHR conduct several legal programmes:
Monitoring of the legislative process in the scope of justice system – This program is dedicated to the monitoring of all stages of the legislative process, as it pertains to the administration of justice. The program’s experts formulate analyses, opinion statements and recommendations concerning drafts of bills in the domain of the administration of justice.

Strategic Litigation Program - In the purview of this program, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights enters into or opens strategically-important administrative and court proceedings.

Observatory of Media Freedom in Poland - This program monitors the standards of protection of the freedom of expression in Poland, as well as cases in which such standards have been violated.

The Legal Intervention Program - This is concerned with cases in which violations of the rights and freedoms of the individual, in particular those guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Poland and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, have occurred.

The Program of Legal Assistance for Refugees and Migrants - The scope of this program includes the giving of legal guidance free of charge to foreigners who apply to the Foundation, as well as the undertaking of legal action.

Foundation Board:

Danuta Przywara – President

Maciej Nowicki - Vice President

Piotr Kładoczny – Secretary

Lenur Kerymov – Treasurer

Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska - Member

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