About Us

Human Rights NowHuman 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.

Our Mission                                                           

  1. Contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with a special focus on Asian countries;
  2. Contribute to the development of international human rights standards and norms through the UN and other international institutions;
  3. Promote the incorporation of international human rights standards within the domestic framework of Japan.

In particular, we seek to make a concerted effort to improve the human rights situation in the Asian region. We spare no effort in making a positive difference by highlighting the human rights situation and enabling victims of rights violations to have their voices heard, and we welcome close cooperation with international and grassroots NGOs around the world to achieve these goals.

Charter of Human Rights Now [PDF]

About Us Brochure [PDF]