Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Outcome:
organisational grant
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
01-07-2022 - 30-04-2024
Status:
in progess
Project cost:
100 000 EUR
Funding:
100 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) is one of the oldest and largest Polish human rights organisations. HFHR’s mission is to defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law. HFHR helps people whose fundamental rights and freedoms have been violated. HFHR provides legal assistance (including strategic litigation), monitors the lawmaking process and the activities of public institutions in terms of respect for human rights, undertakes advocacy, monitoring and educational activities. In its current strategy, the HFHR focuses primarily on the rule of law, the right to a court and a fair trial, freedom of civil society and the media, equal treatment, the rights of migrants, the right to life and freedom from torture, and human rights in the face of the environmental crisis. Among other things, HFHR lawyers represent foreigners who have been subjected to push-backs, assist journalists and civil society activists facing legal proceedings in relation to their activities, and assist judges facing disciplinary charges. In addition, the HFHR assists human rights defenders from countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus region. Among other things, the HFHR handles around 100 cases per year in strategic proceedings and has assisted almost 200 human rights defenders from countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus region since 2020. Thanks to the institutional grant, the HFHR will, inter alia, carry out a fundraising campaign (1% PIT), continue its work to protect the rule of law and seek to raise the level of protection of activists and journalists from intimidation (using, for example, SLAPP-type lawsuits), as well as expand its support for victims of torture and inhuman treatment.

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