We fight for

Human rights

where they are most at risk

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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.


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 in authoritarian regimes throughout the world.


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.