Inaction is not an option – we cannot be indifferent to human rights abuses committed by authoritarian regimes. If we take values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law seriously, we have to support those at risk because they share our common understanding of these values.
We can support the cause of protecting these values and we will do so. The more people get active the louder becomes our voice. With every supporter we can encourage prisoners of conscience and give them hope while being incarcerated by dictatorships.
We are aware of the wide variety of human rights abuses, forms of injustice and discrimination. We are aware that we cannot solve the world’s problems all at once, too.
Therefore, we focus our work on political rights and civil liberties, that is defending freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of press, religious freedom and freedom of conscience.
Furthermore, we focus our work on defending human rights in repressive regimes. We will expand the number of countries we work on step by step. We want to focus on countries that receive rather little international attention although human rights are common and widespread. Our first country case is Belarus – Europe’s last dictatorship.
As our name claims we pursue an approach based on partnership. We work together with human rights defenders and NGOs in countries where human rights abuses are being committed. This guarantees that we better understand our partners needs and can support them in a flexible and efficient manner. We campaign together with other organisations and initiatives around the globe fort he worldwide respect for human rights.
Many people hope that we do not turn a blind eye to human rights abuses – get involved, because inaction and indifference is not an option.