The Humanist Committee on Human Rights (HOM) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in the Netherlands and dedicated to the implementation of human rights throughout the world.
The vision of the Humanist Committee on Human Rights entails the following principles:
- Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent.
- Respect for human rights is a precondition for human dignity.
- Human rights lie at the heart of poverty reduction and sustainable development.
HOM has a humanist background. Human dignity, freedom and equality are the core values of humanism and guide the work of the organisation.
“Where fundamental human rights are not protected, States and their peoples are likely to experience conflict, poverty, and injustice.” (UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Road Map towards the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration)
Mission : Translating human rights into practice
HOM is committed to the implementation of human rights and aims to translate human rights norms into practice. The main objective of HOM is to contribute to a more effective implementation of human rights by translating human rights norms into methods and tools to assess the impact of policy and practices on specific human rights. In concrete terms the translation of human rights into practice means that HOM will:
- Develop, test and promote instruments that enable measuring the effect and impact of policies and practices on human rights. HOM does this in close cooperation with various stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, governmental institutions and the business community.
- Enhance the capacities of civil society organisations, such as human rights organisations and women’s organisations, to improve the effectiveness of their human rights work and to strengthen their role vis-à-vis governments and other actors in society.
- Engage in advocacy in order to influence policies which affect human rights.