Human Rights Without Frontiers

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Human Rights Without Frontiers Int'l (HRWF Int'l)
Formation 2001
Legal status Non-profit Association
Purpose Advocacy of democracy, the rule of law, social justice, and human rights
Willy Fautré
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[1]».


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[edit]

According to its official website (, 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.[1]

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).[2]


The association HRWF International publishes daily electronic newsletters, consisting of reports by HRWF Int'l correspondents or newspaper articles:

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 :

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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