Who We Are
Helping Hans Global 27/7 was established in March 2009 by two lawyers concerned about human rights abuse in certain parts of Africa. Initially set up as a legal aid clinic to support victims and survivors of the ongoing conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, today we can pride ourselves to being an organisation delivering a wide range of services to victims of human right violations worldwide and implementing activities to promote human rights, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations Convention and Declarations.
Our work is based on the belief that human rights are not inherited; they must be learned and practiced by each generation. Helping Hand Global 24/7 work not only to ensure that human rights are being respected particularly in oppressed communities, but also to create and promote a human rights culture worldwide.
Helping Hand Global 24/7 is a registered charity (no.1128709). From London, where it is based the organisation promotes its programmes and activities at the community, national and international levels.
Since the inception of Helping Hand Global 24/7 in March 2009, our vision – and mission – has been directly intertwined with the global human rights movement. We consider ourselves a part of the global alliance developed following the international adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a consensus document on human rights. Accordingly, we are dedicated to promoting the norms, principles and standards detailed in United Nations conventions such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
UN instruments on human rights operate on two levels, global and local. Various bodies and agencies within the UN provide international recommendations and jurisprudence, while local mechanisms, such as a country`s constitution, statute law, and judicial interpretations, provide local implementation of human rights agreement. Helping Hand Global 24/7 works on both the local and international levels, aiming to provide legal advocacy and representation in Courts of Law and, if deemed necessary, appeal to the jurisdiction of the international bodies such as the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
Helping Hand Global 24/7 aspires to become the voice of victims of human rights abuse and injustice both in the UK and in developing countries, as well as to build a strong network of organisations and individuals furthering human rights, justice and development. Our vision is to empower the vulnerable and marginalised groups of people to play an active role in influencing policies and services, in increasing their opportunities for employment and better quality of life, and in promoting a fair, prosperous, non-violent and more inclusive society.