North Korea Denounces Flash Drives for Freedom
Hong Kong activist decries ‘colonial invasion’ in defiant speech
Burundi Sentences Nonviolent Activist to Five Years in Prison
Jailed Reporter in Myanmar Challenges Prosecution’s Version of His Arrest
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador after arrests of Saudi activists
How we fight for human rights
We host high-impact events in more than seven countries. Every May we convene the Oslo Freedom Forum, our flagship event.
We create and sustain campaigns that reach millions of people, inspiring action - like sending information and technology into North Korea.
Our legal team constantly monitors human rights conditions around the world, shining a light on tyranny and corruption.
We write op-eds and perform TV interviews in the world's top news outlets, and spark action with press releases.
“HRF opens the doorFarida Nabourema, co-founder of the 'Faure Must Go Movement'
for us to be able to
make it harder for
our oppressors to
oppress us in Togo.”
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Frequently asked questions
What is HRF’s mission?
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that freedom is bMore
Who founded HRF and when was it founded?
On February 1, 2005, our founder’s mother was shot by the Venezuelan government while she was protesting their corruption in the streets. But no matter what Thor Halvorssen did, no one would take action to hold the Venezuelan government accountable.