BHRS was founded early 2012 as a non-profit initiative with an aim to disseminate human rights and to contribute to human rights culture in Latvia and the Baltic region. It is as a network of human rights professionals and academics and engages in research, consultancy, teaching and educational work. Currently, it focusses on the following areas:


Human Rights Education — currently BHRS implements a long-term human rights education programme in the Baltics and other European partner organization countries. The aim of the programme is to inform and educate people about human rights and assist them to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to understand and defend their rights in daily life. As part of the programme BHRS develops and creates easy-to-use and freely accessible human rights education materials in different formats aimed at facilitating perception and learning. The programme is implemented in collaboration with our partner organizations in Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia. The experts of BHRS are also engaged with developing and delivering courses and lectures to public sector and law-enforcement employees, and university students. 

Research & Consultancy — BHRS serves as a platform for professionals and academics with general and specialized expertise in human rights and related areas. Members, individually and collectively, take part in commissioned research projects, policy related consultancy work, expert groups, panel discussions, as well as in delivering lectures, training, and workshops to civil servants, legal professionals, and university students.


BHRS brings together professionals and academics in such fields as human rights, international public, humanitarian and criminal law. It operates with a small management team, researchers and advising experts that develop projects and a larger network of experts and organisations that are invited on project or ad hoc basis.