Act Today, Build Tomorrow
We are Human Rights Solidarity, an agile and independent human rights organisation empowered by youth. We define ourselves, not with the injustices and human rights abuses we fight against but with the future we want to build. Our hard work is determined by the desire to protect the rights of the generations to come.
We have adapted our own Agile Manifesto into human rights activism.
For us, the future is an open code that needs to be written and rewritten. While coding the future, we prioritise:
- individuals and interactions, over procedures, regulations and conventions;
- a sustainable and liveable future over reports and projections about future;
- collaboration of future generations over what our current conventions promise them;
- responding to change over following plans and goals set by the past generations.
Human rights are conditioned on the human factor. They do not exist on their own. They need to be learned, recognised, internalised, enjoyed and enriched by each and every human being. They are the kind of knowledge that is attained through continual practice and continual action.
Human Rights Solidarity is a space for learning, enjoying, recognising and fighting for our rights.
We invite human rights activists, anyone who wants to be a part of the change and is willing to stand up against injustices, to join our humble attempt to shape the future for the upcoming generations.
Defending the rights of people, animals and nature
Who We are
What We Do
How We Do
Mission & Vision
Solidarity for All!
Human Rights Solidarity is an organisation devoted to the activism and advocacy of Human Rights around the globe. HRS started off as an unincorporated organization in early 2020 and is aiming at being recognized and registered as a charitable incorporated organization in 2022.
We are immigrants. The founding cohort of Human Rights Solidarity are largely refugees (70 per cent) with most of us first or second-generation immigrants in the UK.
Most of us are political immigrants from a Turkish background who have suffered persecution and discrimination due to their or their parents’ affiliation with the Hizmet Movement. Having witnessed human rights violations and experienced dehumanization we have decided to act for human rights all over the world and in Solidarity for All!
We are young. 95 per cent of our founding cohort are between 16 and 28. However, we do not discriminate against older ages. The gates of the Human Rights Solidarity are open for all.
We are independent. HRS is a self-organised and volunteer-led organisation. The only allegiance we have is to our foundational principles that are incorporated into our founding documents and the Solidarity Principles.
We are transparent. All financial and decision-making processes of HRS are shared with our volunteers and donors.
We want better and democratic world!
As a combination of the Millennials and Generation Z we have witnessed both the best and the worst. We observed the rise of populist authoritarianism and vulgar chauvinism in almost every corner of the world. We realised that democracy lacked self-guarding mechanisms on the face of digital manipulations. We saw how peoples of the world were ready to give up their hard-won rights and privileges on the face of a war, or a pandemic. And most recently we observed, horrified, how seemingly reasonable politicians can speak about a nuclear war as a possibility.
Generation Alpha, and the generations to come, deserve a better world.
We do act, because we want to be architects of that better world. We want to inherit the next generation, a culture of solidarity for human rights, a network of people standing up to power and to sways of often engineered popular opinion.
We do act, because we believe human rights are not a body of abstract knowledge that can be obtained through reading or listening. A good knowledge of the muscle system does not make one well-built. Human rights are qualities that can only be obtained through exercising, through continuous activism.
We do act, because we cannot undo the wrongs of the past. But we can undo and redo the future, which in its current form is gloomy.
Positive transformation on the urgent and critical human rights situations
Human Right Solidarity works on a range of projects with the aim of protecting and promoting human rights. HRS’s primary aim is to contribute towards achieving a positive transformation on the urgent and critical human rights situations throughout the World. HRS works towards this through a combination of coaching and support; human rights and international law education and advocacy; research, monitoring and urgent actions on human rights violations; policy engagement; and utilising human rights complaint mechanisms of domestic and international institutions.
The primary means of activism at the House of Solidarity is to learn and the primary means of learning is to act upon what we have learnt. We learn through various forms of human interactions: Social media activism, campaigns, letter writing, peer group discussions, webinars, panels, forums, blogs, vlogs, protests, exhibitions, lectures, reports, infographics, books, music, art and films.
Through participation to and collaboration with other human rights organizations’ activities, we have garnered a body of experience enough to pick and replicate when a call for action is raised in our meetings at any level of the HRS architecture. Committees are main decision-making bodies in HRS architecture, and they form permanent or temporary projects in line with their objectives.
These projects then grow into concrete actions and feed back to the body of experience and knowledge on why, what and how to successfully manage a project and create greater awareness in the upcoming projects. We learn from our flaws and mistakes, and we value the lesson learnt from a project, more than the concrete outcomes itself.
Defend rights of people, animals and nature
The mission of Human Rights Solidarity is to defend the rights of people, animals and nature worldwide. We do prioritise the rights of the future generations over our own rights and we believe in learning through action.
New generation human rights defenders
The vision of Human Rights Solidarity is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of human rights defenders who are young, agile, self-organizing, innovative and tech-savvy in their human rights work.
Solidarity for all!
Having witnessed human rights violations and experienced dehumanization we have decided to act for human rights all over the world and in Solidarity for All!
We are young
We are young. 95 per cent of our founding cohort are between 16 and 28. However, we do not discriminate against older ages. The gates of the HRS are open for all.
We are independent
HRS is a self-organised and volunteer-led organisation. The only allegiance we have is to our foundational principles that are incorporated into our founding documents and the Solidarity Principles
Let's walk together...
We do not have an institutional history we can be proud of. Our journey has just started, and we invite young souls to walk with us through this road to change, freedom and equality.
We call ourselves human rights activists not because of what we have already accomplished, but because of an unwavering belief in our contribution to the prosperous future we shall inherit to the generations to come.
We are not here because of what we did, but because of what we can do.
Particularities of our remote future will be defined by the new volunteers to join us. Regardless, we already have an idea about our near future. We will see the actual destiny in front of us only when we reach there, but we already have a roadmap.
In our roadmap of the near future we have the following target dates:
- 2022: Application to register as a Charity in the UK
- 2023: Reaching 250 active volunteers target.
- 2024: Launching Solidarity Clubs for universities in the UK
- 2025: Launching Solidarity Market, the online charity shop of HRS
- 2026: Launching Solidarity Review, an online investigative journal of human rights
- 2027: Applying for Consultative Status at ECOSOC of UN
What Makes Us Different
Human Rigths Solidarity
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built a better world
HELP US REWRITE THE FUTURE
Where dictators collaborate, human rights defenders need to cooperate better. Our solidarity is our debt to future generations.
We seek volunteers for all of our projects. Writers, bloggers, YouTubers, social media editors, protestors, make-up artists, video editors, drummers, chanters, shouters, thinkers, discussers, criticizers… Future needs you… HRS is calling you to duty!