Since its establishment more than 25 years ago, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) has been striving toward its vision for a world where individuals and organisations can freely and openly work to protect and advance human rights at home and abroad.
Vision and mandate
Vision: Human rights defenders and their organisations can work freely and openly to protect and advance human rights at home and abroad.
Mandate: Human Rights House Foundation protects, empowers and supports human rights defenders and their organisations locally, and unites them in an international network of Human Rights Houses.
We are guided by three strategic principles:
Impact – Our work is effective and targeted. HRHF activities serve a purpose and lead to stronger impact. We review all actions and evaluate the tactics and mechanisms we use to gain influence.
Profile – We raise the visibility of all HRHF and Houses activities through effective communications. Our communications strategy is to strengthen the output and impact of HRHF programs and work methods.
Cooperation – We look for opportunities to leverage the core uniqueness of HRHF – the Human Rights House concept – by encouraging knowledge- and competency-sharing, joint projects and pooled resources among the Houses. Together we are a stronger network.
Human Rights House Foundation’s vision, mandate and strategic principles are set out in our strategy 2014-2018. These will be revised as we begin a new strategy for 2019-2023.
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.