Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation (HRF)
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. The core of our work is functioning as a resource cum research organisation disseminating information, initiating and building Campaigns and engaging in advocacy work. As part of our research effort HRF publishes and make public position notes on significant human rights issues and social change. Our work also includes reviewing and monitoring government plans and policies, schemes, budgetary allocations and functioning of public institutions and laws for the promotion of grassroots democracy.
HRF promotes educational, economic and cultural well being and welfare of the people of India and works 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. HRF is involved in lobby and advocacy activities at state and regional level regarding child rights, protection of environment, right to information, custodial justice, empowerment of local government representatives, etc.
Since 1993, HRF has been working towards strengthening and networking with various organisations, human rights activists, scientists, teachers, lawyers and other professionals, administrators, eminent persons, students, trade unions, democratic organizations working for the promotion and protection of human rights. HRF believes in people’s democracy and social and sustainable development of environment in defence of the oppressed and exploited. Much of its work is focused on gender justice and the rights of dalits combining professionalism and volunteerism. On several occasions education material published by HRF have been very useful for raising social awareness on peoples rights. These include eradication of child labour, your rights when arrested, women’s rights in custody, fair and free elections, panchayat government, environment, human rights, right to information, etc.
To help achieve its aims HRF provides documentation and dissemination services to other professionals and researchers, organizations and networks, carries out fact finding missions on human rights violations, organizes public hearing where necessary, institutes scientific teams, files public interest litigation on behalf of the marginalized, organizes training programmes for activist of civil society organisation and government officials on human rights, and lobbies with policy makers and politicians in the interest of the marginalised. It has initiated social campaigns for the promotion and protection of human rights.See more