Whistleblower detained after exposing Mauritanian President’s Ponzi scheme
Announcing Manal al-Sharif’s Freedom Drive Campaign
HRF entregó primer Premio Rómulo Betancourt a la Diplomacia Democrática
Egyptian Photojournalist Shawkan Released After Five Years in Arbitrary Detention
HRF’s statement on North Korea and Otto Warmbier
HRF to UN Special Rapporteur: Defend the Free Speech of North Korean Defectors and Human Rights Activists in South Korea
HRF anuncia entrega del primer Premio Rómulo Betancourt a la Diplomacia Democrática
TIME Person of the Year Maria Ressa Arrested in the Philippines
HRF Urges World-Renowned Artists to Cancel Concert in Saudi Arabia
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 in authoritarian regimes throughout the world.More
Who founded HRF and when was it founded?
HRF was founded April 12, 2005 by Thor Halvorssen. Three months previous, on February 1, 2005, his mother was shot by the Venezuelan government while she was in the streets protesting their corruption. But no matter what Halvorssen did, no one would hold the government accountable.More