About us

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) envisions a world in which everyone can freely and safely promote and enjoy all human rights. Empowered human rights defenders and strong and independent civil society are key to this vision.

About us

Human Rights House Foundation establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad. Today, 17 Houses in 11 countries are united in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

Together, we advocate for the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and the right to be a human rights defender. These four rights underpin a strong and independent civil society and protect and empower human rights defenders.

How we make a difference

Human Rights House Foundation works closely with Human Rights Houses and partner organisations to advocate for and fulfil rights that underpin independent civil society and make it possible to hold institutions and individuals accountable.

We establish and support Human Rights Houses. The Houses and the Human Rights House concept are core to everything Human Rights House Foundation does: from advocacy and awareness raising, to capacity building and protection, all of our work is rooted in and linked to the Human Rights Houses.

The Human Rights House concept is built around the enduring values of solidarity and partnership. While each Human Rights House is unique, all houses are collaborative, independent, relevant, sustainable, effective, and united.

We connect Human Rights Houses, building an international network for change and freedoms.

Alongside Human Rights Houses and partner organisations, we advocate for the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender. We support the passage, and effective implementation, of national policies and legislation, by robust and independent state institutions, based on strong international standards and mechanisms.

HRHF is an international organisation headquartered in Oslo with an office in Geneva and representation in Brussels and Tbilisi. HRHF holds consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Our values

Human rights for all / Universality of human rights – We respect all human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all persons in all countries of the world, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

With impact – Our work is effective and targeted. All activities we undertake and support must serve a purpose and lead to stronger impact. We review all actions and evaluate the tactics and mechanisms we use to gain influence.

Rooted at local level – Human Rights Houses are core to everything Human Rights House Foundation does – from advocacy and awareness raising, to capacity building and protection. All of our work is rooted in and linked to the Human Rights Houses.

Amplifying local voices – We aim to amplify the voice and heighten the visibility of local  organisations, raising their profile and increasing their impact.

Independence and autonomy – Each Human Rights House is an equal partner and retains its autonomy. In turn, each member organisation of a Human Rights House is an equal partner in the House and retains its autonomy.

Professional, credible, and reliable – We aim to be a valuable partner for action and a trusted source of expertise.

Transparent and accountable – We are committed to being transparent and open about our objectives, structure and activities. We seek to be independent from our donors and do not tolerate corruption, internally or externally.

Community of equals – Each member organisation in a Human Rights House is an equal partner in the House and retains its autonomy; each Human Rights House is similarly an equal partner in the network and retains its autonomy.

Cooperation and solidarity – Cooperation is essential to our purpose; joining forces makes us stronger.

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Contact

For general enquires, contact info@humanrightshouse.org.

For media enquires, contact dave.elseroad@humanrightshouse.org.

For specific requests, reach out to HRHF staff directly.

Organisational description

Shorter

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad.

Longer

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) envisions a world in which everyone can freely and safely promote and enjoy all human rights. Empowered human rights defenders and strong and independent civil society are key to this vision.

Human Rights House Foundation establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad. Today, 17 Houses in 11 countries are united in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

Together, we advocate for the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and the right to be a human rights defender. These four rights underpin a strong and independent civil society and protect and empower human rights defenders.

HRHF is an international non-profit organisation headquartered in Oslo with an office in Geneva and representation in Brussels and Tbilisi. HRHF holds consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.