Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
PredecessorInternational Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
Legal statusNon-governmental organization
FocusHuman rights
Region served
Europe, Central Asia, North America

Helsinki Committees for Human Rights exist in many European countries (and in the wider OSCE region) as volunteer, non-profit organizations devoted to the protection of human rights. It was presumably named after the Helsinki Accords. It was formerly organized into the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), based in Vienna.


The Helsinki Committees began as Helsinki Watch groups. The first one was founded in the Soviet Union in 1976, the second in 1977 in Czechoslovakia, the third in 1979 in Poland. In 1982, representatives of several of these committees held an International Citizens Helsinki Watch Conference and founded the IHF.

In 1992, a British Helsinki Human Rights Group was established in the UK, but this group was always completely independent of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. The UK's official representative in the IHF is the British Helsinki Subcommittee of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group, established in 1976.

Country organizations

See also


  1. ^ Albanian Helsinki Committee
  2. ^ Albanian Helsinki Committee 11 May 2012,, accessed 18 June 2022
  3. ^ Sigrid Rausing Trust: Grantee profile: Albanian Helsinki Committee, accessed 18 June 2022
  4. ^ "Helsinki Committee of Armenia". Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Rights groups raided as Belarus pursues crackdown". France24. 14 July 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Sends Open Letter to DW - - Sofia News Agency". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  7. ^ Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Macedonia
  8. ^ Polish Helsinki Foundation website
  9. ^ Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Romania the Helsinki Committee
  10. ^ Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation website