Human Rights Without Frontiers

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Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF)
Formation 1989
Legal status Association without lucrative purpose
Purpose Advocacy of democracy, the rule of law, social justice, and human rights
Willy Fautré
Affiliations European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) is a non-governmental organization, registered since 1989 as an association without lucrative purpose in Belgium,[1] that «focuses on research, analysis and monitoring of a wide range of human rights concerns in many countries around the world[2]».


Founded in 1989 at Brussels (Belgium) and originally named "Brussels-Human Rights" ("Bruxelles-Droits de l'Homme" in French), this organization was formed by several defenders of Human Rights with the aim of promoting and defending human rights, the principles of the rule of law and democracy and published a bimonthly journal in French Droits de l’homme sans frontières.[3] It later adopt the name of its magazine : "Droits de l’homme sans frontières - Human Rights Without Frontiers".

The association is chaired by Willy Fautré, member of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS).

In 1997, it was associated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, dissolved in 2007. In 2001, it was included within an international group "Human Rights Without Frontiers International", created with the aim to internationalize its action.

Human Rights Without Frontiers International[edit]

In order to broaden its scope and consolidate branches located in different countries, a new nonprofit organization was formed in 2001 under the name "Human Rights Without Frontiers International" or the abbreviated form "HRWF Int'l".[4]

It gathers its principal subsidiaries "Human Rights Without Frontiers" in Belgium, China, Nepal and the United States, and other associate members such as the association "Women's Rights Without Frontiers" in the United States.


The association HRWF Int'l publishes newsletters, consisting of reports by HRWF correspondents or newspaper articles translated into English if necessary, by topics:

These news are aggregated in an annual report by theme and country, available to the public on its official website.

Research papers are sometimes written by the organization in English or French to be published in academic journals or on the website. Other general policy and advocacy papers are prepared, to be presented at conferences or to official bodies such as the OSCE.


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