HRHF Annual Report 2019/20

Discover in our 2019/20 annual report how Human Rights House Foundation protected and advanced the rights of human rights defenders, strengthened independent civil society, and supported a strong, active network of Human Rights Houses.

Our story

Human Rights House Foundation envisions a world in which everyone can freely and safely promote and enjoy all human rights. 

We make a difference by: 

  • Establishing and supporting Human Rights Houses to effectively address the human rights needs of their societies. 
  • Connecting Human Rights Houses to build an international network for change and freedoms.  
  • Working with partner organisations to advocate and fulfil rights that underpin independent civil societies.  
  • Advancing the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender. 

Find out how we worked towards these goals in 2019.

Solidarity has never been more important

Maria Dahle, Director, Human Rights House Foundation

To stem the tide of illiberalism in Europe, democratic voices must unite and be heard.

Maria Dahle, Director, Human Rights House Foundation

“As human rights defenders around the world are under renewed attack for their vital work, we are reminded that ‘international solidarity is a precondition to human dignity, the basis of all human rights,’ as reflected by Rudi Muhammad Rizki, independent expert, in his 2010 report to the UN Human Rights Council. Certainly, solidarity has never been more important.”

“Over the last decade, Europe has been on a gradual march towards illiberal democracy, bringing a challenge unseen since the Cold War. Without a coordinated response, underpinned by the values which led to the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949, Europe faces the prospect of once again having islands of democratic values in a sea of illiberalism.”

Read Maria Dahle’s full foreword.

The numbers we celebrated

2019 was a monumental year for Human Rights House Foundation here are some of the numbers we celebrated:

  • 1 New Human Rights House welcomed to the network.
  • 27 Houses & their member organisations implemented joint projects via HRHF’s “House-to-House” fund.
  • 290 Human Rights Defenders benefitted directly from HRHF and Human Rights Houses’ protection efforts.
  • 7 international human rights mechanisms strengthened following HRHF advocacy, reporting, engagement, and direct communication with policymakers, mandate holders, and human rights bodies.

Top photo: Baia Pataraia (Human Rights House Tbilisi) photographed by Salome Sagaradze.


March 29, 2021

House-to-House 2021: Call for applications

Human Rights House Foundation announces a call for applications to House-to-House Project Fund 2021. HRHF welcomes all Human Rights Houses, their member organisations as well as organisations and actors from outside of the network to apply for funding.

March 26, 2021

Council of Europe must issue recommendation to member states to combat SLAPPs

HRHF joins over 100 international organisations calling on the Council of Europe (CoE) to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).

March 25, 2021

HRC46: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council

HRHF joins 17 organisations led by ISHR in a joint statement at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council sharing reflections on the key outcomes the Council session, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations including pushbacks and other human rights violations faced by migrants and refugees, and the human rights situations in several countries.