Building a Community for Change and Freedoms

The founders of the Human Rights House Network believed change is possible.
They believed much could be achieved by collaborating locally and internationally. Today, the Network is a community of more than 100 independent organizations operating in 16 Human Rights Houses located in 13 countries.

On 8-9 September, the Network members unite in Oslo to celebrate its 20th year. We also invite you to join us @:

The Panel Dialogue: The Way Forward for Human Rights Defenders Facing Increasing Threats 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015, in Oslo

14:00-16:30 at Litteraturhuset

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Solidarity March for human rights defenders

Many of the Network’s colleagues are imprisoned for their human rights work. We are walking to raise awareness about those who are not free to be with us for the celebration. 

Wednesday 9, September 2015

11:30 at Stortinget

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The founders of the Human Rights House Network believed change is possible. They set out to establish a network to build the organisational capacity and effectiveness of human rights organisations, share knowledge and experience, implement joint human rights projects, and join forces in protecting and promoting human rights. What made the Network unique in the beginning—local voices, independence, democracy, joint programs, and international reach—still applies today, ensuring its niche in the human rights community.

The Human Rights House Network was founded in 1994 by a group of individuals to advance human rights. They believed much could be achieved by collaborating locally and internationally. Today, the Network is a community of more than 100 independent organizations operating in 16 Human Rights Houses located in 13 countries. 

Joining forces in 1994 in the fight for human rights was as important then as it is today. The focus on the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and expression continue to be at the core of the Network´s work. The shared belief in the right to play a role in shaping civil society, and that it is possible—always possible—to affect change, strengthens the Network as it protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders.

Members of the Human Rights House Network will gather in Oslo on the 8 and 9 September for the Network Assembly, Solidarity March, Panel Dialogue, and the 20th Anniversary Celebrations. They will reflect on the adversity and deteriorating conditions for human rights defenders and they will march in solidarity with their colleagues jailed and killed. Most importantly, they will look to the future and determine the way forward for human rights defenders.

About us:

The Human Rights House Network is a community of human rights defenders working for more than 100 independent organisations operating in 16 Human Rights Houses located in 13 countries. Empowering, supporting and protecting human rights defenders, the Network members unite their voices to promote the universal freedoms of assembly, organisation and expression and the right to be a human rights defender. 

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