The Norwegian Human Rights Fund

30 years of direct support to human rights defenders


Mexico: Human Rights Defenders at risk during COVID-19

During May 2020, different Mexican human rights networks and organizations denounced the persistence and aggravation of threats, harassment, abuses and murders of human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in the midst of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.

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Human Rights Perception Index 2019

The NHRF Human Rights Perception Index (HRPI) measures the perception of the human rights situation on the ground among NHRF-supported local grassroot organizations.

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Supporting women human rights defenders in Afghanistan

One of NHRF's grantee partners, the Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO), works to support and defend the human rights and the legitimate role of women human rights defenders (W/HRDs) in Afghanistan. The team provides critical relief and support to W/HRDs at risk and those in immediate danger.

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Theory of Change

The NHRF has been working to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of our work and that of our grantee partners and consulting with our local consultants, grantee partners, and others to develop our new and first-ever theory of change (ToC). After this process, we’re excited to launch our theory of change and its narrative component. The theory of change will guide our work as a partner and grantmaker by informing the support we provide to human rights work to achieve the defined outcomes and overall goal. It is a living document that represents our theory of how change is created and driven forward. It articulates expected outcomes and their preconditions that, together, form pathways of change that lead to the overall goal. We understand these processes to be non-linear, interconnected, interdependent, mutually reinforcing, and occurring simultaneously or separately.

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Annual report 2019

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is proud to present our annual report for 2019, where we present our highlights, results and activities from the year that passed.

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A message regarding the coronavirus outbreak from the NHRF team

As the global concern about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak grows, the NHRF is continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation. Like most of you, we are concerned about the impact this may have on our societies and the health and safety of members of our communities. To this end, we want to send a message to all our friends, colleagues and partners in the human rights struggle to express that we are thinking of them, and we would like to invite our grantee organizations for an open dialogue regarding the outbreak of the virus and how this may affect their work.

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Expanding our work in Colombia

The NHRF is increasing its support to civil society organizations in Colombia through a new strategic partnership with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogota. We are excited about the opportunities that will come through this partnership, among them being able to grow and strengthen our community of human rights actors and defenders on the ground. The partnership is new, but the NHRF will continue to support work against impunity and for access to justice for the victims and survivors of the armed conflict, protecting civic space and strengthening security of defenders, and focusing on issues involving land, natural resources and the environment.

In the photo, we see Executive Director of the NHRF, Sandra Petersen, with the Norwegian Ambassador to Colombia, John Petter Opdahl (left), and Advising Minister, Hege Fisknes (right), after signing the new agreement.

Video: The International Women's Day 2020

The work of women human rights defenders across the world is crucial in the fight against human rights violations. The Norwegian Human Rights Fund supports all women who fights for their rights. Happy International Women's Day 2020!