Human Rights Without Frontiers
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|Legal status||Non-profit Association|
|Purpose||Advocacy of democracy, the rule of law, social justice, and human rights|
|Affiliations||Human Rights and Democracy Network|
Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) is a non-governmental organization, registered since 2001 as an association without lucrative purpose in Belgium, that «seeks to shape European and international policy in ways that strengthen democracy, uphold the rule of law and protect human rights globally».
Created in Brussels in 2001, Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF Int’l) is a non-profit association that seeks to shape European and international policy in ways that strengthen democracy, uphold the rule of law and protect human rights globally. The organisation is composed of a number of national branches in Belgium, Bhutan, Chad, Hong Kong, Nepal and the United States and works with associated member organisations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Iraq, Kenya, Japan, Moldova, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia and South Korea.
Since its inception, the association’s executive director has been Willy Fautré, a long-standing human rights activist and member of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS).
Human Rights Without Frontiers International
According to its official website (http://www.hrwf.eu), the NGO's main activities consist of research, field missions, analysis and monitoring of a wide range of human rights concerns in various countries of Europe, Asia and Africa. An international network of correspondents provides the organization with first-hand information on human rights violations. HRWF Int'l focuses particularly on human rights issues such as freedom of religion or belief, trafficking in women for sexual exploitation, ethnic and linguistic minorities as well as human rights infringements in China, North Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East.
The foundation for the organization's advocacy is the body of international covenants and treaties that obligates its signatories to the respect of fundamental rights and freedoms. Among those instruments are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and legal precedents set by decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. HRWF International carries out its advocacy mainly through EU institutions, the United Nations, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The association HRWF International publishes daily electronic newsletters, consisting of reports by HRWF Int'l correspondents or newspaper articles:
- Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in the World
- Freedom of Religion or Belief
- Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Exploitation
- LGBT People, Religions and Human Rights
These news are aggregated by theme and country on its official website.
Research papers are sometimes written by the organization in English to be published in academic journals or on the website :
- Handbook of Advocacy for Indigenous Status (2004)
- Overview of UN Mechanisms Related to Indigenous Peoples (2004)
- Campaign against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia (2009)
- Religious Intolerance in Turkey (2010)
- The history of Jehovah's Witnesses in Belgium (2010)
- Christians in Bahrain (2012)
Other general policy and advocacy papers are prepared, to be presented at conferences or to official bodies such as the OSCE :
- The UN Human Rights System & Freedom of Religion or Belief: Gaps & Perspectives
- Sects or Religions? A Human Rights Perspective
- Freedom of Religion or Belief in China in 2012
- OSCE: Statement on Intolerance in Russia
- OSCE: Denial of Chaplains to JW in France
- Cults and religious freedom around the world
- Japan: Abduction and deprivation of freedom for the purpose of forceful religious de-conversion
- China: Revision of the criminal law, a step in the right direction but...
- Afghanistan: The Euro-Atlantic community's responsibility to a long-term commitment to human rights