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The House of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights was founded in 1989 by the members of the Helsinki Committee in Poland. Their mission is to promote the development of a culture based on the respect of freedom and human rights in Poland and abroad. Since 2007 they have held a consultative status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

HFHR’s main areas of activity are international and national education, strategic litigation, and providing legal assistance to Polish citizens, refugees, and members of national minorities. HFHR also carries out research and monitoring projects related to human rights protection.

The activities of the Foundation include the production of TV-programmes on human rights, national radio broadcasts and human rights schools.

In addition, the House conducts annual summer courses on different academic levels for various professional groups such as lawyers, journalists and police officers.

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights also has a project entitled "Access to legal aid in Poland."

The Polish Helsinki Foundation especially seeks to support and train human rights defenders in Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union.

Training Center

Since 1997, the Foundation has been implementing a programme called the International Human Rights Training Center. The Center seeks to promote knowledge of the possibilities of effective human rights and public interest action through specialised training of NGO leaders.



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