About us

Human Rights House Foundation is an international human rights organisation, which protects, empowers, and supports human rights defenders and their organisations, and unites them in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

About us

We protect, empower and support human rights defenders and their organisations through Human Rights Houses, which are collaborative projects of non-governmental organisations working in partnership to promote and advance human rights at home and abroad. Within a Human Rights House, human rights defenders and their organisations remain independent and address the rights and issues that matter to them and the society they live in, while they benefit from cooperation, shared resources, solidarity, expertise, visibility, and strength in advocacy.

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.

We recognise that success and knowledge from one organisation or situation can help to inspire and enable others, and that this does not stop at country borders. We have sought to build an international network of Human Rights Houses dedicated to the advancement of human rights, and for 25 years have supported this active network founded on the enduring values of cooperation and solidarity.

Advocating with Houses and partner organisations, we work to ensure defenders have the freedoms needed to carry out human rights work. We promote the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender.

Raising awareness of human rights issues and increasing the visibility of human rights activities, we influence the human rights agenda. We make use our reputation as a credible and trusted partner, with our consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Where we are

Offices and representations

Oslo (headquarters)

Kirkegata 5

0153 Oslo, Norway

hrh@humanrightshouse.org

Geneva

Rue de Varembé 1, PO Box 35

1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

geneva@humanrightshouse.org

Brussels

Rue de Treves 45,

1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

brussels@humanrightshouse.org

 

Representation in Tbilisi

house@humanrightshouse.org

 

 

 

For media

Contact

For general enquires, contact hrh@humanrightshouse.org.

For media enquires, contact communication@humanrightshouse.org.

For specific requests, reach out to HRHF staff directly.

Organisational description

Shorter

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders and their organisations, and unites them in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

Longer

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders and their organisations. To accomplish this, HRHF brings organisations together in Human Rights Houses and unites the Houses in an international network.

HRHF advocates with partner organisations to promote the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, and the right to be a human rights defender at home and abroad, utilising its consultative status at the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Today, independent human rights organisations work together in 16 Human Rights Houses in 11 countries. The Houses are located in Eastern & Western Europe, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.

HRHF is based in Oslo, with an office in Geneva and representation in Brussels and Tbilisi.