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.


June 18, 2021

As Belarus’s human rights crisis deepens, the UN Special Rapporteur for Belarus is more important than ever

In a joint statement, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) and more than 30 Belarusian and international human rights organisations call on UN Human Rights Council member States to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus during the Council’s upcoming 47th session.

June 18, 2021

Armenian authorities must support and end harassment against human rights defenders

In a joint statement led by Human Rights House Yerevan and its member organisations, Human Rights House Foundation and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee urge the Armenian authorities to end harassment against human rights defenders and protect their legitimate human rights work.

June 14, 2021

HRC47: Media Under Attack in Belarus

The human rights crisis in Belarus has intensified. At the start of the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, with both Belarus and freedom of opinion and expression on the Council’s agenda, this online event will update states on the recent deterioration and identify further concrete action to protect human rights in Belarus.