Act Today, Build Tomorrow
We define ourselves not by the injustices and human rights violations we fight against, but by the future we want to build.
The heart of our work is the desire to protect human rights in order to leave a better world for future generations.
For us, the future is an open code that needs to be written and rewritten. When we code the future, we prioritise:
- Fundamental rights and freedoms instead of state interests;
- The power of the righteous instead of the righteousness of the power;
- Responding to change rather than following old plans and goals set by past generations.
The best way not to feel hopeless is to take action.
Human rights is a concept which does not belong to any political party or ideology, and although it has always been in front of us, until recently we were afraid to name it.
This concept, which was put on the world’s agenda especially due to the devastation caused by the two world wars and which is now represented by large institutions in almost every geography with its universal character, needs action like a sapling that always needs water for its growth and development.
Human Rights Solidarity is a space to learn, enjoy, recognize and fight for our rights.
We invite human rights activists, all those who want to be part of change and are willing to stand up against injustice, to join our humble initiative to shape the future for generations to come.
Defending the rights of people, animals and nature
Who We Are ?
What We Do ?
How We Do ?
Mission & Vision
Solidarity for all!
The founding group and current volunteers of Human Rights (HRS) Solidarity are mostly young refugees and first- or second-generation migrants in the UK.
Many HRS contributors and volunteers have paid a high price by becoming refugees for dissenting and speaking out against an autocratic regime.
The HRS team learned the value of fundamental rights and freedoms not through deep reading, but through witnessing dramatic events.
Recognizing the importance of human rights in the life of society, we believe that they are necessary not only for ourselves, our family or our community, but for everyone.
Our efforts will continue until we see a world where everyone's human rights are protected. We will be in solidarity for everyone!
If you want to be part of this organisation, please do not hesitate, because the gates of the HRS are open for all.
HRS is an independent 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.
All financial and decision-making processes of HRS are transparently shared with our volunteers, donors and relevant UK authorities.
Protection and promotion of human rights with SOLIDARITY !
What we do is to take action. Take action against human rights violations and for promotion of human rights. Because as indicated our first co-chair, the best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
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.
HRS, where young volunteers take an active role in the management, has almost all the features that can be expected from a human rights organization with its dynamic structure.
In addition to defending human rights violations on the streets, HRS fights for rights in various international organizations through reporting and advocacy activities.
Positive transformation on the urgent and critical human rights situations
Human Right Solidarity (HRS) 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.
Lighting a human rights fire against the darkness!
History has repeatedly shown that the first condition for the total advancement of humanity is respect for fundamental human rights. An analysis of developments in recent centuries shows that respect for human rights is the cause, not the result, of economic and political progress.
In a society where fundamental rights and freedoms are not respected, there may have been a period of economic and technological prosperity, but this situation has not been permanent and has negatively affected the fate of humanity.
One of the most important reasons underlying the desire of democratic societies to seriously protect human rights is undoubtedly the intention to ensure the continuity of economic and political power by being aware of this fact.
Our mission and vision is to light another human rights fire in solidarity and respect for the values of democratic society against the darkness.
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!
Meet Our Team
At HRS, we believe that individuals and interactions are more important than corporate conventions; building a sustainable and liveable future is more important than reports and projections about future; collaboration of future generations is more important than what our current conventions promise them; and responding to change is more important than following plans and goals set by the past generations. In short, we are agile through and through.
At HRS, we prioritise future over here and now; we prioritise the rights of the future generations over our own rights; we prioritise upbringing of a culture of human rights over mobilising current activists.
At HRS, we believe in learning through action. We believe that human rights cannot be taught and learned through theoretical means only.
At HRS, accountability before laws and before future generations are binding principles. All the members of HRS, act within laws and maintain accurate and up to date written records of all their meetings and actions so as to be answerable to all queries. The members of HRS are particularly sensitive about possible conflicts of interest and accountability of all financial conduct they undertake. All GDPR rules and privacy ethics are duly observed.
All HRS activities are conducted under universal standards of transparency. The members of HRS are fully informed about the management structure and managerial decisions of the organs of HRS. All income and expenditures of HRS are made available to the public in as much as confidentially rules and security of the donor's permit.
All the members of HRS must guarantee that they act with the highest ethical standards at all times, and with regards to all subjects. No wrong can be righted by another wrong. The end does not justify the means; all acts of HRS have to be justifiable on their own right, without any reference to the high causes of the organization.
Both in our employment and commissioning acts and in our advocacy activities we are fully impartial to the race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, former criminal record or veteran status or our proponents. The members of HRS have a duty to challenge any evidence of unfair or unequal treatment and challenge discriminatory practice within the HRS architectonics, or the third parties HRS work with.
Though motivated with an ideal, Human Rights Solidarity members are also realistic in their abilities and the limitations of their competence and only carry out or delegate those tasks agreed in their job or volunteering description and for which they are competent. Feasibility is the measure of realism in HRS. No member of HRS should make promises to their colleagues or to the public, which may not be possible to fulfil.
In all of its activities HRS observes public benefit, be it the current cohort of humanity or the future ones. Scalability is a principle duly observed in all strategic planning of HRS, even when an activity or campaign is dedicated to a particular person or situation, HRS establishes systems to universalize the benefits of the activity, at least, at the level of learning.
At HRS, we wilfully abstain from any inter-NGO rivalry. We do our best to build bridges of collaboration with other human rights organizations proactively and readily accept their calls for cooperation. Members of HRS prefer participating in activities of other organisations to organising their own activities.
At HRS, we proactively establish and keep open channels of communication with all stakeholders of human rights activism, including other human rights organisations. HRS establishes secure communication channels and digital storing and data sharing facilities for victims of human rights violations that it works with.