Human Rights & Democracy (HR&D) is the product of several discussions and collective thinking. We dream of a world where human rights and democracy discussions are not circumscribed to decision-makers, lawyers or the academia. Utopian? Maybe! We hope HR&D will move us a few steps in that direction.

HR&D was born out of our wish to engage in human rights discussions, and to stimulate a dialogue between young and old, north and south, without any barriers of gender, age, origin, occupation or world view.

We wish to:
  • Facilitate the access to human rights knowledge and thinking to persons outside the usual human rights circles;
  • Stimulate the connection between human rights and different fields of science and professional activities, promoting a multidisciplinary approach to human rights and democracy; and
  • Offer a source of inspiration and material for teaching, lobbying and advocacy for teachers, civil society organisations, and individual human rights defenders and activists.


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