Our Mission

OUR MISSION

Our charitable mission is to assist all the relevant authorities in discharging their task of policing human rights standards and commitments. To fulfill this task, our NGO from day one has been monitoring human rights violations and taking steps to get governments to adhere to their international commitments with regard to human rights. Where possible we offer targeted help to victims of violation of basic human rights (i. e. property rights, freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly etc.) At the same time, it is no less important for us that these violations should be brought as much into the open as possible. This will enable us not only to draw attention to particular situations but also to sufficiently broaden the human rights-sensitive audience. Our plans include extensive coverage of civil-rights activism as well as analysis and getting across the message of their principles and tactics. It takes a strong civil society to build a democracy governed by the rule of law. That is why HIGHWAY LIBERTY goes far beyond targeted assistance, doing its best to mobilize people to non-violent struggle for their own rights as well as for the rights of others.

AIMS, OBJECTS, PRIORITIES AND POLICY FIELDS

The Russian Federation has recently become one of the countries that increasingly set the scene for discrimination against LGBTQ. The country’s law imposes sanctions for ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ (‘gay-propaganda’). In a tentative move, similar legislation had been enacted by several regional parliaments, resulting in assaults on LGBTQ activists and HIV relief organizations.

The United Nations has voiced concern over the situation in those former USSR countries that have enacted or are contemplating enactment of anti-LGBTQ legislation. In fact, those countries include practically all of the ex-Soviet states that have not become members of the European Union. Other international human rights organizations, and a number of human rights organizations in the region have repeatedly voiced concern over “gay-propaganda” laws enacted in Russia, allegedly in order to protect minors, despite the lack of the least meaningful definition of “propaganda” or “non-traditional sexual relations”. UN is among the organizations who recommend that Russian authorities should repeal the anti-“propaganda” legislation, and try and make sure instead that children and youths are not discriminated due to their sexual orientation.

Apparently, such legislation is homophobic, transphobic etc. and has no other purpose than to stigmatize in one fell swoop whole strata of individuals, including, first and foremost, political opponents, and to trash them in the eyes of their potential supporters. It is also a blatant encroachment upon freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. In large part, they are aimed at harnessing social disaffection, by winning back to the government’s side the most aggressive part of the conservative electorate. Among the more direct outcomes of this kind of legislation are violence against LGBTQ organizations and assaults on civil rights activists, which the police have been known to turn a blind eye to. We can expect such far-reaching repercussions as step deterioration of HIV/AIDS preventative care and treatment, since many LGBTQ organizations that are currently under attack prioritize combatting the epidemics as part of their job.

We envision a world without institutionalized inequality or discrimination, a world where people enjoy security, confidence and dignity; a world where only one kind of intolerance is tolerated – intolerance toward intolerance in every disguise and under whatever pretext. As a public awareness organization HIGHWAY LIBERTY tries to reach out to the broadest audience imaginable; as a charitable foundation, we offer relief to individuals and support like-minded organizations.

  • Facilitation of the implementation of multiple national and international human rights-related documents commitments.
  • Human rights advocacy
  • All-out support for human-rights movements across the target regions and worldwide
  • Creating a database of human rights violations and the legal environment in the target regions; analysis of the amassed data in order to conduct conformity assessment in terms of compliance with the spirit and letter of the relevant international commitments of their governments
  • Bringing the human rights issues to the notice of the heads of state, relevant international organizations, national authorities and NGOs as well as the general public
  • Humanitarian, psychological, rehabilitative and legal aid to victims of human rights violations; as stated above, we will be keeping the situation with LGBTQ rights in the former Soviet republics in the extra special focus
  • R&D in the realm of social sciences, cultural and humane studies
  • Free of cost, pro bono or preferential legal support for individuals and NGOs involved in human rights advocacy; promotion of public understanding of human rights-related legal matters
  • Assistance and support to victims of social, ethnic or religious conflicts, refugees and forced migrants
  • Fostering zero tolerance of all kinds of intolerance in society
  • Fostering international cooperation, preserving originality of cultures, languages, traditions and human rights-compatible practices entertained by groups and communities of individuals, their race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, political views or sexual orientation notwithstanding.
+ Mission Rationale

The Russian Federation has recently become one of the countries that increasingly set the scene for discrimination against LGBTQ. The country’s law imposes sanctions for ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ (‘gay-propaganda’). In a tentative move, similar legislation had been enacted by several regional parliaments, resulting in assaults on LGBTQ activists and HIV relief organizations.

The United Nations has voiced concern over the situation in those former USSR countries that have enacted or are contemplating enactment of anti-LGBTQ legislation. In fact, those countries include practically all of the ex-Soviet states that have not become members of the European Union. Other international human rights organizations, and a number of human rights organizations in the region have repeatedly voiced concern over “gay-propaganda” laws enacted in Russia, allegedly in order to protect minors, despite the lack of the least meaningful definition of “propaganda” or “non-traditional sexual relations”. UN is among the organizations who recommend that Russian authorities should repeal the anti-“propaganda” legislation, and try and make sure instead that children and youths are not discriminated due to their sexual orientation.

Apparently, such legislation is homophobic, transphobic etc. and has no other purpose than to stigmatize in one fell swoop whole strata of individuals, including, first and foremost, political opponents, and to trash them in the eyes of their potential supporters. It is also a blatant encroachment upon freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. In large part, they are aimed at harnessing social disaffection, by winning back to the government’s side the most aggressive part of the conservative electorate. Among the more direct outcomes of this kind of legislation are violence against LGBTQ organizations and assaults on civil rights activists, which the police have been known to turn a blind eye to. We can expect such far-reaching repercussions as step deterioration of HIV/AIDS preventative care and treatment, since many LGBTQ organizations that are currently under attack prioritize combatting the epidemics as part of their job.

+ Our vision

We envision a world without institutionalized inequality or discrimination, a world where people enjoy security, confidence and dignity; a world where only one kind of intolerance is tolerated – intolerance toward intolerance in every disguise and under whatever pretext. As a public awareness organization HIGHWAY LIBERTY tries to reach out to the broadest audience imaginable; as a charitable foundation, we offer relief to individuals and support like-minded organizations.

+ Our aims and objectives
  • Facilitation of the implementation of multiple national and international human rights-related documents commitments.
  • Human rights advocacy
  • All-out support for human-rights movements across the target regions and worldwide
  • Creating a database of human rights violations and the legal environment in the target regions; analysis of the amassed data in order to conduct conformity assessment in terms of compliance with the spirit and letter of the relevant international commitments of their governments
  • Bringing the human rights issues to the notice of the heads of state, relevant international organizations, national authorities and NGOs as well as the general public
  • Humanitarian, psychological, rehabilitative and legal aid to victims of human rights violations; as stated above, we will be keeping the situation with LGBTQ rights in the former Soviet republics in the extra special focus
  • R&D in the realm of social sciences, cultural and humane studies
  • Free of cost, pro bono or preferential legal support for individuals and NGOs involved in human rights advocacy; promotion of public understanding of human rights-related legal matters
  • Assistance and support to victims of social, ethnic or religious conflicts, refugees and forced migrants
  • Fostering zero tolerance of all kinds of intolerance in society
  • Fostering international cooperation, preserving originality of cultures, languages, traditions and human rights-compatible practices entertained by groups and communities of individuals, their race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, political views or sexual orientation notwithstanding.

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