Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation

In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel.

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Our mission is to ensure that freedom is both preserved and promoted around the world.

We focus our work on the founding ideals of the human rights movement, those most purely represented in the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). View the full list of signatories to theICCPR.


We believe that all human beings are entitled to:

  • Freedom of self-determination.
  • Freedom of speech and expression
  • The right to worship in the manner of their choice
  • Freedom of association.
  • The right to acquire and dispose of property
  • The right to leave and enter their countries
  • The right to equal treatment and due process under law
  • The right to be able to participate in the government of their countries
  • Freedom from arbitrary detainment or exile
  • Freedom from slavery and torture
  • Freedom from interference and coercion in matters of conscience

We seek, in particular, to sustain the struggle for liberty in those areas where it is most under threat. HRF does not support nor condone violence.


Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise awareness about both the nature and vulnerability of freedom around the world. Our programs provide education about what constitutes a free society, why freedom matters, and how freedom is nurtured, developed, and sustained. We aim to inform the broadest range of individuals possible—from leaders, experts, intellectuals, and the general public—about how best to promote freedom and tolerance in troubled regions of the globe. HRF’s programs include a broad range of initiatives, such as successful campaigns to free political prisoners; on-the-ground education in closed societies; individual rights seminars on Capitol Hill; production of popular films and other media; authoritative legal analyses; and the organization and production of engaging, informative events around the world. For more information on our work, visit the program section of our website.

The Human Rights Foundation was incorporated in 2005, and opened its offices in New York in August of 2006.



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