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Human Rights Watch

Identification number in the register: 56362448807-46
Registration date: 21/05/2012 15:46:19

The information on this entity was last modified on: 16/06/2015 17:31:21
The date of the last annual update was: 30/04/2015 18:50:13
Next update due latest on: 30/04/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Human Rights Watch



    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

Fifth Avenue, 350
New York City 10118

(+1) 212 290 4700

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Roth Kenneth

Executive Director

    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Lotte Leicht

EU Director

    Goals / remit

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of more than 280 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.
Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

  • European
  • global
  • national
  • regional/local

    Specific activities covered by the Register

Potentially all EU initiatives, policies and legislative files that are likely to have an impact on human rights within and outside the EU.







HRW’s EU Office in Brussels carries out advocacy vis a vis the European institutions and EU member state governments. Our office aims to ensure that the European Union, EU member states, and other governmental organizations based in Europe put human rights at the heart of all their policies.

The EU Office is in regular contact with key EU policy-makers at the EEAS, the European Commission, the European Council, Permanent Representations of EU countries, and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Our office also engages regularly with representatives of EU member states.

We focus on a range of European policies including:

• Human rights in EU foreign policy
• Development policy
• Trade
• Human rights in EU member states and accession countries
• Security and human rights
• Asylum and refugee protection
• Migration policy
• Judicial and police cooperation
• Human rights and the arms trade
• Business and human rights

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 3  



Lotte Leicht,
Claire Ivers,
Claudio Francavilla

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • Development
  • Enlargement
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Trade

    Membership and affiliation


-Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)
The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) is an informal grouping of NGOs operating at EU level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and conflict prevention.
The vision of the HRDN is that human rights and democracy are placed at the heart of the European Union's internal and external policy agenda. This vision should manifest itself in a European Union that effectively protects human rights at home and is a force for positive change in the world.
In pursuit of this vision, the network aims to influence EU and member state human rights policies and the programming of their funding instruments to promote democracy, human rights and sustainable peace.
Participation in the network is open to non-governmental organizations which engage at EU level in the promotion of human rights, democracy and conflict prevention in and outside the EU. Applicants will be admitted to the network if none of the current members object.

- Crisis Action
Crisis Action is an international, non-profit organisation which aims to help avert conflicts, prevent human rights abuses and ensure governments fulfil their obligations to protect civilians.
Crisis Action works behind the scenes to support a diverse range of partners who are all concerned with tackling the immediate effects or long-term consequences of conflict. We aim to help them increase the impact of their responses to current and emerging conflict-related crises.

- Fundamental Rights Platform
Launched by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in 2008, the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is a network for cooperation and information exchange, set to act as the main channel for the FRA to engage civil society and to ensure a close cooperation between the Agency and relevant stakeholders.

- HRC-Net
The HRC-NET is a cross-regional network of human rights organizations from around the world that aims to share information and advocate at the Human Rights Council (HRC). The network was established in 2007.

    Financial data

07/2013  -  06/2014

400,000 € - 499,999 €

50,647,170 €


No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.

50,647,170 €

50,647,170 €

0 €

To ensure its independence, Human Rights Watch is supported solely by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.