About HRF

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 both preserved and promoted around the world.

We focus our work on the founding ideals of the human rights movement, those most purely represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). View the full list of signatories to the ICCPR


We believe that all human beings are entitled to:

We seek, in particular, to sustain the struggle for liberty in those areas where it is most under threat. HRF does not support nor condone violence.

Our Work

Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise awareness about both the nature and vulnerability of freedom around the world. Our programs provide education about what constitutes a free society, why freedom matters, and how freedom is nurtured, developed, and sustained. We aim to inform the broadest range of individuals possible—from leaders, experts, intellectuals, and the general public—about how best to promote freedom and tolerance in troubled regions of the globe. HRF’s programs include a broad range of initiatives, such as successful campaigns to free political prisoners; on-the-ground education in closed societies; individual rights seminars on Capitol Hill; production of popular films and other media; authoritative legal analyses; and the organization and production of engaging, informative events around the world. For more information on our work, visit the program section of our website.

The Human Rights Foundation was incorporated in 2005, and opened its offices in New York in August of 2006.