Human Rights House Foundation is an independent, international not-for-profit human rights organisation registered in Norway.



HRHF’s governance structure serves to guarantee our independence, impartiality, and accountability. It ensures we deliver on our mandate and adapt to shifting environments to better meet human rights challenges.


Human Rights House Foundation’s governance is set out in its statutes, as amended in January 2017. Read HRHF’s statutes in English and Norwegian.


The Board of the Human Rights House Foundation meets four to five times a year. It oversees the work of HRHF, guides the organisation’s strategy and direction, and approves its finances and budgets. The Board is comprised of academics, lawyers, people from the business world, civil society representatives, and experts in fields such as psychology.

Click on each board member to read their story.


Reports & finances

Latest annual report

Find out about how Human Rights House Foundation met the human rights challenges of the year in our region in close partnership with the network of Human Rights Houses.

View our annual report 2021

Latest annual accounts

Annual Accounts 2021


Policies and whistleblowing

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct sets out the professional standards of the Human Rights House Foundations as well as organisations in Human Rights Houses (HRHs). It guides us in the performance of our professional responsibilities and the achievement of our common goal, which is to promote and strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Read our Code of Conduct.

Whistleblowing and Anti-corruption

HRHF has a zero-tolerance policy towards fraud, corruption, abuse and unacceptable behaviour. We encourage our employees, partners, other organisations or persons to report any conduct in HRHF’s operations they regard as unethical, illegal, a waste of resources, or in violation of professional standards.

Read our policy and routines for whistleblowing to prevent fraud, corruption, abuse and unacceptable behaviour.

Read our anti-corruption policy.

Privacy policy

HRHF is committed to protecting your data and privacy.

Read our privacy policy to understand how we do so, in connection with your use of our websites and our newsletters, and in your contact with us.

Evaluation of administrative capacities and competencies.

In November 2018, HRHF underwent an external assessment of its administrative capacities and competencies. 

“HRHF has adequate administrative capacities and competence in place to undertake financial management… The HRHF organisational culture is one of mutual respect, transparency, accountability and ethical performance. There is a high awareness of financial risk, and the organisation has put important measures in place to prevent financial mismanagement and corruption,” concluded the evaluation.

Read the evaluation in full.



We offer our sincere thanks for the generous financial support that we received from donors such as the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic, the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and the Nordic Council.

We continue to seek new partnerships to strengthen our capacity to advance human rights through empowering human rights defenders and strengthening independent civil society.