We fight for

Human rights

where they are most at risk

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How we fight for human rights

Events

We host high-impact events in more than seven countries. Every May we convene the Oslo Freedom Forum, our flagship event.

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Programs

We create and sustain campaigns that reach millions of people, inspiring action - like sending information and technology into North Korea.

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Research

Our legal team constantly monitors human rights conditions around the world, shining a light on tyranny and corruption.

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News

We write op-eds and perform TV interviews in the world's top news outlets, and spark action with press releases.

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News About HRF

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 b

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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.

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