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About Us

Who are we?

UHRRA (Universal Human Rights Research Association) is an independent, non-profit association with headquarters in Oslo, Norway. UHRRA was founded in 2013 by Hatef Mokhtar, a journalist, writer and human rights activist. We are a global team, with more than 500 members around the world, which is coordinated by a Board of Directors with 20 members. We follow a strictly neutral policy, being free of political or economic dependencies.

Secretary-General of UHRRA

Hatef Mokhtar is an Afghan author currently living in Norway. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of The Oslo Times and a human-rights activist and defender at the international level.

Members of the Board of Directors: 20

Our mission

  • We monitor and record incidents of human rights violations and produce formal scientific reports on an annual basis.
  • We promote and practice human rights values around the globe.
  • We advise governmental authorities on how to approach and address humanitarian issues.
  • We interact with progressive media, schools and universities in an attempt to raise public awareness about these issues.
  • We offer solidarity and support to journalists and human rights activists (and their families) who are currently imprisoned due to their beliefs or actions.

Policy and Strategy

We follow a strictly neutral policy, free of political and/or economic dependencies, staying focused on recording incidents of human rights violations, discovering and understanding their roots and subsequently looking for ways to prevent them.

We encourage individuals with university education to become UHRAA observers, especially in areas of the world where phenomena of human rights violations are frequent. Their reports will be examined and evaluated by UHRRA’s expert research teams. The research teams will produce an annual report and several other research manuscripts that will be published to international scientific journals and/or presented to conferences. Please see ‘Observations’for a full list of the criteria and topics that are relevant for our observers. Then, see ‘Membership’ about how you can register as an UHRRA observer.

We also encourage everyone to join UHRRA as an activist, supporter or donor. Please see ‘Membership’ for more details.

The Board of Directors has appointed international representatives in different countries around the world that interact with international organizations, such us Amnesty International, UNESCO, WHO, governmental authorities, embassies, schools and universities and media. The committee members are also involved in such activities. Our target is to discuss and propose solutions for humanitarian issues and to raise the awareness of the public, something very important since we want to ensure long-term effects.

Finally, based on the reports made by our observers or the media, we will support imprisoned, injured or tortured human rights activists or journalists, and their families.

The organization chart below shows how the different UHRRA teams interact with each other and with various parts of the society.

chartTopics of high significance for UHRRA

Human rights

Violations of human rights are observed in many countries around the globe. Gender-based discrimination, racism, exploitation, child labor, sexual abuse, human trafficking, torture, police violence are only few examples of these violations.

Freedom of expression

The ability of a person to freely express his or her thoughts, either vocally or in written form is an essential component of a democratic society. In several countries, freedom of expression is brutally suppressed by force, while in others the mainstream media is not open to all forms of opinion.

Freedom of religion

All people have to be free to practice and believe in any religion they want, without fear of being oppressed by other religion groups or secularists. Similarly, atheists also have the right to not follow any religion. Places of worship (churches, mosques, etc.) have to be available and accessible to everyone.

Democracy

Dictatorial and oppressive regimes are still present major problems in many different regions of the world. The freedom to express an opinion that might be against the regime is often brutally suppressed, which often includes imprisonment, torture, exile or even execution.

Peace

UHRRA is opposes all forms of war, regardless of the political or economic cause. We defend all international peace agreements, territorial stability and the Geneva Convention. We are strongly against torture, war crimes, land mines, chemical, nuclear and/or biological weapons.

Immigration

War is also a major cause of immigration, although it can also happen because of economic reasons or high unemployment rates. Immigrants often face discrimination and exploitation, poor living standards, lack of citizen rights and limited access to medical care and education.

Poverty

Social injustice and profit-oriented policies often lead to poverty, unemployment, malnutrition and low living standards. In Third World countries especially, millions die every year because of malnutrition and disease.

Access to medical treatment

Immigrants and poor or elderly individuals often have restricted access to medical treatment which often leads to serious health issues, such as the emergence of new resistant infectious diseases. UHRRA collaborates with international and local public health authorities to ensure that everyone receives the medical care that he/she deserves.

Access to education

Lack of education and ignorance are often the main reasons that lead to extremism and violence. Promotion and support for the development of education worldwide, which is open to everyone, regardless of gender or social class, is an essential step for preventing conflict. Education is essential for opening a person’s mind to different ideas or opinions and paving the road for civilized dialogue instead of irrational fundamentalism.

National building

In some countries, such as India for example, society is divided to castes, tribes or families, something that continues to slow the operation of the country as a whole nation. This kind of aristocracy and divisional thinking is often source of extremism and violence,

Multiculturalism

As a consequence of globalization, cultural diversity is being threatened. This often makes people uneasy and confused about their cultural identity. Also, many societies are now multicultural, requiring mutual respect and tolerance for everyone’s ethnic elements and background.

Extremism

In the last decades we have seen a rise of incidents of extremism and terrorism, usually of a religious or political nature. As mentioned above, we believe that the true roots of these phenomena are the lack of education, which makes people vulnerable to radical ideas of intolerance and hatred.

Our expert Research teams include:

  • Human Rights activists
  • Economists
  • History experts
  • Journalists
  • Lawyers
  • Medical scientists and practitioners
  • Political scientists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Sociologists
  • Technologists

Topics on which our expert research teams focus on are:

  • Absolutism
  • Access to education
  • Access to higher education
  • Access to medical care
  • Caste
  • Censorship of journalists
  • Censorship of scientists
  • Child labor
  • Civil society
  • Civilization
  • Crime 
  • Democracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Discrimination
  • Documentation
  • Employment
  • Environmental damage
  • Exploitation
  • Extremism 
  • Fascism
  • Freedom of speech
  • Genocide
  • Globalization
  • Human rights violation
  • Human trafficking
  • Hygiene
  • Immigration
  • Incorporation to the society
  • Living standards
  • Malnutrition
  • Media freedom
  • National building
  • Police abuse
  • Political asylum
  • Poverty
  • Prosperity
  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Religious rights
  • Safety
  • Secularism
  • Terrorism
  • Torture
  • Tribalism
  • Vandalism
  • Violence
  • Voting rights
  • War criminals