We are an interdisciplinary human rights NGO from Hamburg, Germany, committed to civil society and science-oriented action against human rights violations on our own doorstep. We believe in law, science and interdisciplinarity to tackle existing challenges in Europe and our own country. Current challenges of a politically instable and split Europe can only be solved together through the exchange of knowledge, exchange of experience and best practice, European networking and evaluation.
Scientifically, we believe that scientific facts and findings need to be made more widely available to a wider public in order to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation. Parts of the European society are deliberately flooded with wrong information especially on social media channels by individual political groups to destroy our liberal democratic society. We want to keep our liberal democratic society and, moreover, extend it.
Regarding international law, we focus on enforcing the rights already established under international law especially for women, children, people with disabilities and people with mental illness in Germany and Europe. In this context, we focus in particular on the national monitoring of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention, CEDAW, UN CRPD, UN CRC, ECHR and the European Victims Rights Directive. We analyze cases of human rights violations referred to us, in particular with regard to possible violations of these international norms.
Regarding national law, we work according to the strategic litigation approach with the aim to systematically dealing with cases brought to us by individuals from the first minute on to be transferred to a judgment by the ECtHR, herewith subsequently initiating national legislation processes to correct the legal maladaption leading to the case in the first place.
Politically, we are convinced Europeans and consider the achievements of the international human rights protection regime after the Second World War to be the basis of European democracy. National violations of the international and European human rights protection regime therefore always undermine democratic European fundamental values. This must be addressed publicly to counteract democratic infiltration at an early stage to ensure peace and security in Europe. We owe peace and security in our lives to the European Union, both must be preserved and protected. The European Union with its substantial legislation and financial support has enabled us to make our European and international experiences in our lives and careers. Not Ryanair.
In our youth development approach, we focus on enabling young pupils and young adults to participate and express themselves in the European and national political discourse, by supporting them with their own human rights project development and by providing opportunities to develop the understanding of the big picture on European politics.
We want them to experience the EU through us and our work by breaking the distance between Brussels and them. We encourage them to participate in the European discourse and by this help them to influence the national system and foster the development of their own society they live in. We appreciate the already existing knowledge of this next generation and welcome their experience in areas we are already left behind, e.g. when developing new learning approaches in e-learning or new social media campaigns. This generation knows best what it needs, listen to them.
Psychologically, the concept of secondary victimization is our basis for working with victims of human rights violations. The European Victims Rights Directive, as part of its general protection approach, focuses specifically on preventing secondary victimization, and we want to deliver our part for promoting the EU 2021 – 2025 implementation strategy for Germany. Victims of human rights violations are provided a support concept focusing both on the specific solution for the individual as well as the elimination of the structural settings leading to the case in the first place.
Learn more about our scientific research on our cases here.
As part of the implementation of our project strategy 2020 - 2025, we will focus on the following projects over the next 5 years and are warmly welcoming new European project partners to build up a fruitful youth exchange program.