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The HRL Foundation

The HRL Foundation

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About The Human Rights Litigation Foundation (HRLF) aims to promote a real and effective access to justice for vulnerable victims of human rights violations and to promote human rights through strategic itigation - www.hrlfoundation.org
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Mission Promote access to justice for the most vulnerable victims of human rights violations and promote human rights through strategic litigation
Description Why a Human Rights Litigation Foundation?

The world is currently facing a global human rights crisis and is confronted with tremendous challenges. Human Rights violations and abuses are on the rise in every region of the world. Let us also not forget the dangerous rise of populist leaders in the US and in Europe, which constitutes a serious threat to Human Rights.

In addition, the whole Human Rights based system, and international law itself, are under attack by States that are threatening to break them apart. Ruling parties in European countries have openly attacked the European Court of Human Rights and have discussed withdrawals from the Convention. Some States are also threatening to leave the United Nations.

In these critical times, we believe it is of paramount importance to reaffirm the fundamental principals contained in international and regional Human Rights law and to defend them vigorously.

Victims of gross Human Rights violations are mostly vulnerable groups of people that are confronted with multiple barriers in the access to justice (lack of financial means, lack of expertise, tolerance of national jurisdictions, political pressures,…). In practice, these barriers render this fundamental right illusory.

Furthermore, gross Human Rights violations are often due to structural problems within States, engendering a high number of actual as well as potential victims. However, Human Rights litigation is currently mainly individual and no effective strategic litigation is undertaken to address those structural deficiencies.

Actions carried out by the Foundation will therefore be guided by the following main objectives:

1) Promote a real and effective access to justice for the most vulnerable people – whether due to their personal status or to the particular situation they are facing – that are victims of gross Human Rights violations, by overcoming the existing barriers;

2) Promote Human Rights through strategic litigation, which will allow to addre
Founded Established on the 31th of January
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