Our Mandate

Who We Are

Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit, secular, non-Government institution working at the regional level for the promotion and protection of human rights.  Started in 1993 it seeks to strengthen the ongoing work of human rights organisations and assist in networking for building a strong human rights movement.

Mission

HRF works to promote a clean and safe ecosystem for sustainable development and governance and strives for power that is decentralised, democratic, transparent and accountable.

The mission is to strive for a society that

  • Protects and promotes the social, economic, political and natural rights of individuals and collectives in a manner that protects the environment.
  • Governs it’s affairs in a consultative, participatory and inclusive manner.
  • Ensures equality before law and is committed to eradication of all forms of discrimination against women, children, Dalits, minorities, working class, Adivasis, etc.

Goal

To provide legal, strategic and moral support to individuals and groups in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, towards asserting their human rights and to gain redress from the state, public and private institutions. In furtherance of this goal, HRF works to promote the educational, economic and cultural well being and welfare of the people of India and to work for the promotion and protection of human rights and sustainable development especially those of disadvantaged, backward and downtrodden groups, irrespective of caste, creed, race, community or religion.

Objectives

HRF works to

  • Promote an appreciation and observance of human rights values and standards.
  • Participate and strengthen evolution of popular grass roots, human rights movement.
  • Empower people through human rights awareness and assertion programmes and through participatory institution building.
  • Stimulate an alternative third world perspective on human rights shaped by the voices of the movements.
  • Lobby for changes in public policies and legislations for the promotion of human rights.
  • Foster research into local, national and international human rights issues.
  • Promote psycho-social help, legal services and relief and rehabilitation services for victims of human rights violations.
  • Defend human rights defenders and human rights organisations.