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Code of Conduct

Solidarity Code of Conduct is composed of three sections:

  1. Solidarity Objectives
  2. Solidarity Principles
  3. Solidarity Hippocratic Oath

Solidarity Code of Conduct is binding for all Disciples of Solidarity, that is, all managers, employees and volunteers of Human Rights Solidarity who have completed the Solidarity School where they also study and discuss this Solidarity Code of Conduct.

SOLIDARITY OBJECTIVES

1. Promoting human rights in the widest interpretations of “promoting” and “human rights”;

2. Monitoring abuses of human rights worldwide;

3. obtaining redress for the victims of human rights abuse;

4. relieving need among the victims of human rights abuse;

5. research into human rights issues;

6. providing technical advice to government and others regarding the implementation of human rights standards through law;

7. contributing to the sound administration of human rights law through litigation, advocacy, training and information sharing as regards human rights standards;

8. commenting on proposed human rights legislation;

9. raising awareness of human rights issues;

10. promoting public support for human rights;

11. promoting respect for human rights among individuals and corporations.

SOLIDARITY PRINCIPLES

1. AGILITY: At HRS, we believe that individuals and interactions are more important than regulations and 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.

2. FUTURE ORIENTEDNESS: 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.

3. CONTINUED LEARNING: At HRS, we believe in learning through action. We believe that human rights cannot be taught and learned through theoretical means only. Volunteers can become Disciples of Solidarity only after a certain level of training into human rights. Every human rights activity Disciples of Solidarity engage must have a learning dimension. Continued professional development is a part of the activity and not an unexpected result of it. Every Disciple of Solidarity must be future-proof human rights activists. Contributing to the learning and development of others is a prime virtue of all Disciples of Solidarity.

4. ACCOUNTABILITY: At HRS, accountability before laws and before future generations are binding principles. All Disciples of Solidarity 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. Disciples of Solidarity 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.

5. TRANSPARENCY: All HRS activities are conducted under universal standards of transparency. Disciples of Solidarity are fully informed about the management structure and managerial decisions of the organs of HRS. All elections are done through OMOV and open vote. All income and expenditures of HRS are made available to the public in as much as confidentially rules and security of the donors permit.

6. ETHICAL CONDUCT: All Disciples of Solidarity 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, without any reference to the high causes of the organization.

7. IMPARTIALITY: 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. Our standard of impartiality is enshrined in our Solidarity Hippocratic Oat. For its employees and volunteers, HRS establishes systems that enable whistle blowing, complaining, making a safeguarding alert or access to legal advice where appropriate. Disciples of Solidarity 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.

8. REALISM: Though motivated with an ideal, Disciples of Solidarity 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. Deliverability is the measure of realism in HRS. No Disciple of Solidarity should make promises to their colleagues or to the public, which may not be possible to fulfil.

9. PUBLIC BENEFIT: 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.

10. COLLABORATION: At HRS, we wilfully abstain from any inter-NGO rivalry. We do our best to build bridges of collaboration with other human rights organization proactively and readily accept their calls for cooperation. Disciples of Solidarity prefer participating in activities of other organisations to organising their own activities.

11. COMMUNICATION: 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.

SOLIDARITY HIPPOCRATIC OATH

I swear to fulfil, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the work of and the knowledge produced by all human rights defenders in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the victims of human rights violations, all measures that are required and available to me, avoiding those twin traps of partiality and tribal solidarity.

I will remember that there is art to human rights advocacy as well as theory, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding towards the victims of human rights violations may outweigh the sense of remedy provided by undoing these violations.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” or “I cannot,” nor will I fail to cooperate with my colleagues in other human rights organisations when the skills and resources of another organisation are needed for the benefit of a victim of human rights violations.

I will respect the privacy of those who share with me their most unpleasant memories. Most especially must I tread with care the privacy of juniors and victims who are still under threatening conditions. If it is given to me to save a victim from grave human rights violations, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to endanger the rights of others by my acts; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty.

I will remember that I do not fight for human rights as abstract principles, but for the rights of real human, grievances of whom may have affected the person’s family, economic stability and mental wellbeing. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the victims of human rights violations.

I will prevent a human rights violation whenever I can, for preventive justice is preferable to retributive or restorative justice.

I will protect the environment which sustains us, in the knowledge that the continuing health of ourselves and our societies is dependent on a healthy planet and that inheriting a liveable and sustainable environment is a right of the future generations over my generation.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those living under democratic conditions as well as those suffering under authoritarian or totalitarian rules.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of answering those who seek my help.

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