OUR BACKGROUND

Human Rights Now

Human Rights Now (HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, Japan with UN special consultative status. HRN was established in 2006 by a group of human rights professionals, such as lawyers, scholars, and journalists, as the first international human rights NGO based in Japan. With over 700 members comprised of various human rights specialists, HRN works for the promotion and protection of human rights for people in the world, with a special focus on Asia.

In 2012, HRN obtained UN special consultative status, and we have actively engaged in the UN decision-making process to protect and promote human rights. Currently, HRN has a presence in Tokyo, Osaka, New York , Geneva, and Myanmar and our activities extend throughout Asia and to conflict areas of the Middle-East.

Human Rights Now-New York

Human Rights Now-NY was incorporated in 2019 as a nonprofit charitable organization in New York. It shares the same vision and goals with its partner organization Human Rights Now: "Protection and promotion of human rights for all." 

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ISSUES & PROJECTS

In today’s world, many innocent live are lost every year as a result of armed conflict. Together with HRN, HRN-NY investigates and reports on the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed on the ground during armed conflicts, and it urges the international community to prevent further human rights violations by raising alarms and condemning them, as well as by taking steps towards justice and accountability by creating independent commissions of inquiry and bringing cases before the ICC. Moreover, we condemn the use of inhumane weapons and calls for their abolishment.
Further, we investigate and advocate against human rights violations committed by states’ armies under military dictatorships and in the course of militarization.

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We seek accountability for gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. We work to end impunity for grave violations of human rights based on the firm belief that achieving justice and accountability could prevent a recurrence of such violations and lay a foundation for long-lasting peace.

In particular, understanding that the status quo often fails to seek accountability for violations by strong states, we demand justice and accountability for crimes perpetrated by the strongest states.

Accountatibility for Gross Human Rights

We use advocacy to amplify the voices of human rights defenders at the regional and international levels, bringing their work to the attention of the public and the international community.

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Even today, girls and women around the world continue to be subjected to discrimination, violence and deprivations of freedoms. Simply because of their gender, girls and women can be deprived of their security, independence and even subjected to unjust imprisonment, torture, and execution.
Working together with NGOs from around the world, we take actions to end domestic violence, human trafficking, honor killing, military rape, and any other violence against girls and women.
We also work on the elimination of discriminatory and unjust punishment as well as the execution of women.

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Today, global business enterprises are causing serious human rights violations in the course of their business in developing countries, such as labour rights violations and exploitation, deprivation of land rights and indigenous people’s rights, environmental contamination causing devastating impacts for people’s rights to health and livelihood, and so on.
We call on multinational corporations to respect human rights in the course of their business in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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We conduct fact-finding investigations on human rights violations against children and girls, and it makes policy recommendations to protect their rights. The area includes the issues of trafficking, child labour, armed conflict, and violations of the right to health.

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