Who we are, how we work and what we do
Our team is composed of citizens from Hamburg with a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. We have extensively supported human rights activities over the past eight years. It all started with us establishing the Human Rights Watch Committee in Hamburg, organizing fundraising, outreach, and advocacy initiatives. In 2011 our common dedication to raising awareness and publicity for significant, pressing and prevailing human rights matters has led us to found ‘The Hamburger Initiative für Menschenrechte’ (HIM). Since then our commitment has a focus on local projects.
In 2012 and 2013, our team worked closely together with the ‘Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte’. This foundation supports politically persecuted people who advocated democracy, freedom and human rights in their native countries, and subsequently found themselves in a dangerous, often life-threatening situation. The foundation enables them to spend one year in the safe haven of Hamburg.
In this context we successfully organized numerous panel discussions, talks and readings with outstanding scholars. Furthermore, our team financed an additional one-year scholarship. Thereafter we organized an exhibition in Hamburg ́s City Hall promoting the activities of the foundation named “5 x Hamburg und zurück”. Moreover, we actively supported various projects and initiatives by enhancing communication, exchange and monetary donations. Our activities have steadily expanded in the past years.
In light of the growing demand for refugee relief, HIM also developed the ‘Hamburger Atlas für Flüchtlinge’: a constantly updated, web-based resource and directory of over 200 initiatives, institutions and organisations engaged in aiding refugees within the broad spectrum of education, social and cultural integration, lobbying and general help with basic supplies and services. With more than 300 clicks a day this internet based guide has developed into a frequently used tool for professionals to network with each other as well as for those who seek help and advice (http://www.menschenrechte.hamburg/projekte/atlas-fluechtlingshilfe).
Since education is the key for many adolescent asylum seekers to become independent and improve their own future, we initiated learning environments for apprentices to help them to do their homework and prepare for examinations.
Bettermakers is our latest project. It is an emerging audiovisual platform where video clips on social issues, society and politics can be collected. The videos, which are created in workshops with pupils, are intended to provide an incentive to discuss topics that are aimed at adolescents on a social level and serve as a prevention project against extremism and radicalization (www.better-makers.de).
In addition, starting in 2016, we created an annual award to recognize, smaller, high impact community initiatives that directly support people whose lives and human rights were endangered through no fault of their own – whether as refugees, political activists, women and children, or victims of conflict. In 2017, Dr. Asfa-Wossen Asserate accepted our award on behalf of three Africa-based NGOs which work to provide education and professional training in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Account for donations
Hamburger Initiative für Menschenrechte (HIM) e.V.
IBAN: DE 98 2004 0000 0628 6587 00
Jürgen Becker | Stephanie von Bismarck | Gottfried von Bismarck | Regine Dee | Susanna Hegewisch-
Becker | Erwin Jurtschitsch | Benedikt Landgrebe | Heike Schuermann-Di Blasi | Petra Schulze-Wessel | Antoinette Zornig