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Our Mission

jhr's (Journalists for Human Rights) goal is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. Creating rights awareness is the first and most necessary step to ending rights abuses. We empower journalists to cover human rights stories objectively and effectively.

By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, jhr informs people about human rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves.


Journalists for Human Rights is a Toronto-based organization that aims to empower journalists to provide objective and ethical reporting on human rights issues. JHR has operated in 23 countries and trained more than 13,500 journalists and journalism students on rights-based reporting, with more than 50 million people impacted by human rights stories from JHR-trained journalists.

jhr was co-founded in 2002 by Ben Peterson and has become Canada’s largest international media development organization. jhr’s unique approach to training local African journalists to voice important human rights issues is changing the way local media is reporting on human rights, and as a result, changing the lives of people in need. Working in post-conflict countries where human rights are most at risk - including the Congo (DRC) and Syria - jhr reaches 20 million people regularly with human rights information. In Canada, jhr aims to improve the quality and quantity of Indigenous voices and stories in the Canadian media, thereby ensuring that the wider populace is better informed on these topics. This improved understanding is essential for true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

When the media puts a spotlight on human rights, people start talking about the issues and demanding change. A strong, independent media is a referee between governments and citizens. When human rights are protected, governments are more accountable and people’s lives improve.


Over 90% of your donation goes directly to JHR's charitable programs. Read our most recent annual reports here to see how your donation is used. 

What People Are Saying

"“The positive impact of the training from JHR has been very encouraging, and I am honoured to be able to lend my support to their important work in any way I can.”"

— Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, Read More

"“The work that JHR does, particularly at this time of global tumult is critically important, I have had the privilege of working with these brave journalists and have seen first hand their dedication to helping others shine a light onto the darkness of corruption and help make positive change.”"

— Lisa LaFlamme, Anchor of CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme, Read More

"“No democracy without a free press … no press free without a democracy. That just about sums up what JHR’s folks are working towards abroad, especially in countries such as South Sudan, which has a democracy about as fragile as it gets.”"

— Michael Cooke, Editor of the Toronto Star, Read More

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