| Mission
The Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) is an independent non-governmental human rights organization, committed to defending human rights and humanitarian laws, dedicated to promoting freedom and equality, and devoted to advocate values of democracy in Lebanon. An inter state, inter-faith, inter party and inter ethnic forum of activists concerned with the rights and freedoms of all human beings on the local, regional, and international level. The principal aims of the foundation are:
  • Promoting a conscious awareness of human rights in Lebanon, the Middle and Near East, propagating these values by way of long-term and far-reaching educational processes with the ultimate goal of integrating these rights within the fabric of society.
  • Identifying cases and situations where human rights are violated or denied, in a bid to promote awareness and alert civil society and public opinion.
  • Confronting sources and agents violations of human rights, applying pressure to halt violations and redress injustice.
  • Examining laws and regulations, their latitude, and manner of enforcement, actively advocating and lobbying for legislature that conforms to the normative standards of human rights.
| History
The Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned Lebanese. The original founding group consisted of six jurists, four of which were senior judges, and a gathering of university professors, journalists and intellectuals. The motive behind establishing FHHRL was the then protracted Lebanese Civil War, which gave the founders a firm conviction that sustainable peace in Lebanon would not take just a cessation of hostilities, but also an engrained respect for human rights that should define post-war Lebanon.
| Objectives & Activities
At its inception, the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) began with four key focuses: monitoring, advocacy, education, and publication in support of human rights. In the years that followed, other emphases were added, including women, youth and environment, and in June 2001, a section set up for the Lebanese detainees in Syrian and Israeli prisons. Today the foundation enjoys general recognition as the leading human rights organization in Lebanon. It earned this reputation out of its unbending opposition to all forms of violations of human rights.
  • Monitoring
monitoring.-FHHRL-meeting-in-Douma The foundation’s monitoring of the Lebanese laws began with its commentary on the 1990 Taif Agreement from a human rights perspective. This study is the most thorough published to date, and still serves as a reference to the accord that ended the Lebanese Civil War. Over the years, FHHRL has monitored a long list of laws, publishing studies and commentaries as well as highlighting human rights abuses such as the excesses of military court rulings against members of the South Lebanon Army, and more recently curfews placed on Syrian refugees in Lebanon in certain municipalities. A key example is the foundation’s work concerning the Law of Real Estate Ownership by Foreigners (2001), which the foundation stands against as a racist law as it singles out the Palestinians and deprives them of an inalienable right granted to all other collectivities.
  • Advocacy
advocacy The Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) works in advocacy for many different individual and collective cases involving human rights violations of both Lebanese nationals and non-nationals alike. This includes the case of Antoinette Chahine, who was incarcerated in 1997, facing both inhumane treatment and an unfair trial, before being released in 1999. FHHRL also lobbied for the fair treatments of persons accused of collaboration with Israel while in detention, during a wave of such arrests in 2009. In the foundation’s early stages these cases were taken up before the de-facto armed groups dominating the scene throughout the Lebanese war years, following which complaints began to be filed with the appropriate Lebanese authorities.
  • Education
The foundation developed an educational program to promote human rights values in Lebanon and across the region, which is now taught in depth in several universities. The foundation also provides training in human rights theory and practice to the general public, and organizes seminars for interested parties.
  • Publications
Another key pillar of the foundation’s activities is the publication of a considerable number of legal studies, case studies and reports, [hyperlink] which serve to inform both governments and the public alike.
| Members
Founders
Boujikanian
Aida
X founder
Boujikanian
Aida
Lawrence
Antoun
X founder
Lawrence
Antoun
El-Jurr
Joseph
X founder
El-Jurr
Joseph
El-Khazen
Farid
X founder
El-Khazen
Farid
Fayyadh
Iskandar
X founder
Fayyadh
Iskandar
Germanos
Assaad
X founder
Germanos
Assaad
Kahale
May
X founder
Kahale
May
Karam
Dany
X founder
Karam
Dany
Kheir
Wa’il
X founder
Kheir
Wa’il
Khlat
Lutfallah
X founder
Khlat
Lutfallah
Rouhayyem
Choucri
X founder
Rouhayyem
Choucri
Salem
Antoun
X founder
Salem
Antoun
Siryani
Gabriel
X founder
Siryani
Gabriel

Members
Hovig
Etyemezian
X member
Hovig
Etyemezian
Noushig
Etyemezian
X member
Noushig
Etyemezian
George-Michael
Norbatalian
X member
George-Michael
Norbatalian
Rafi
Donoyan
X member
Rafi
Donoyan
Ali Abou
Ali Abou Dehn
X member
Ali Abou
Ali Abou Dehn
Melkar
Melkar Khoury
X member
Melkar
Melkar Khoury
Jean-Pierre
Katrib
X member
Jean-Pierre
Katrib
Rouba
Beydoun
X member
Rouba
Beydoun
Berge
Traboulsi
X member
Berge
Traboulsi
Eliane
Masry
X member
Eliane
Masry
Charbel
Antoun
X member
Charbel
Antoun
Mariane
Antoun
X member
Mariane
Antoun
Chadi
Naous
X member
Chadi
Naous
Nicola
El Toum
X member
Nicola
El Toum
Lina Osseiran
Beydoun
X member
Lina Osseiran
Beydoun
Sleiman
Beydoun
X member
Sleiman
Beydoun
Mona
El Akl
X member
Mona
El Akl
Marwan
Abdallah
X member
Marwan
Abdallah
Peter
Hanna
X member
Peter
Hanna
Elham
Estephan
X member
Elham
Estephan
Nour
Obeid
X member
Nour
Obeid
Paul
Amil
X member
Paul
Amil
Elham
Itani
X member
Elham
Itani
Neeman
Abi Antoun
X member
Neeman
Abi Antoun
Hikmat
Dib
X member
Hikmat
Dib
Jean
Aziz
X member
Jean
Aziz
George
Haddad
X member
George
Haddad
Tony
Daniel
X member
Tony
Daniel
Charles
Chartouni
X member
Charles
Chartouni
Pierre
Atallah
X member
Pierre
Atallah
Yolande
Hajji Georgiou
X member
Yolande
Hajji Georgiou
Hicham
Abi Ali
X member
Hicham
Abi Ali
Amin
Nehme
X member
Amin
Nehme
Habib
C. Malik
X member
Habib
C. Malik
Khaled
Maatouk
X member
Khaled
Maatouk
Balsam
Elias
X member
Balsam
Elias
Tony
Nasrallah
X member
Tony
Nasrallah
Amine
Chaya
X member
Amine
Chaya
Wissam
El Khoury
X member
Wissam
El Khoury
Sevag
Hagopian
X member
Sevag
Hagopian
Joseph
Hallit
X member
Joseph
Hallit
Marwan
Sleiman
X member
Marwan
Sleiman
Charbel
Tarraf
X member
Charbel
Tarraf
Jocelyn
Bounji
X member
Jocelyn
Bounji
Tony
Atallah
X member
Tony
Atallah
Amal
Khairallah
X member
Amal
Khairallah
Claudia
Dina
X member
Claudia
Dina
Tony
Aloof
X member
Tony
Aloof
Elie
Antonios
X member
Elie
Antonios
Raed
Jreidini
X member
Raed
Jreidini
Mira
Slaiby
X member
Mira
Slaiby
Chafic
Habib
X member
Chafic
Habib
Joseph
Khoury
X member
Joseph
Khoury
Camile
Khoury
X member
Camile
Khoury
Tina
Zaccour
X member
Tina
Zaccour
Zeina
Mohanna
X member
Zeina
Mohanna
Fouad
Kazan
X member
Fouad
Kazan
Charbel
Saleh
X member
Charbel
Saleh
Antranik
Dakessian
X member
Antranik
Dakessian
Jean
Awad
X member
Jean
Awad
Lara
Abou Malhab
X member
Lara
Abou Malhab
| Funding
The Foundation for Human & Humanitarian Rights (Lebanon) is a non-profit organization, composed of members who voluntarily dedicate their time to the foundation and its objectives. Over the years, the foundation has received generous grants from the British, Danish, and German embassies, in addition to the funding of ad-hoc programs from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and German organization Diakonisches Werk. The management and supporters hold an annual meeting to study the foundation’s budgetary and financial situation and pledge voluntary contributions to cover running costs. No membership fees are imposed.
| Partnerships
FHHRL has established formal ties with a number of renowned international institutions, with the objective of further promoting human and humanitarian rights on a global level. Moreover, the foundation cooperates with a number of human rights organizations on an ad hoc basis.
  • Corresponding member of the International Federation of Human Rights (Paris), since 1994
  • Member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (Copenhagen), since 1998.
Member of the Board of the Mediterranean Master's Degree Program in Human Rights and Democratization (Malta), since 1998.