Human Rights Research League

Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.)

A note on our logo

The character H superimposed on the number 7 (H7) was the monogram of the Norwegian head of state, King Haakon VII, who reigned from 1905 to 1957. During World War II, when Germany invaded Norway, the royal family fled the country and Haakon VII later spearheaded the resistance in exile from the United Kingdom. The king's monogram became a symbol of solidarity and resistance against occupation and oppression, drawn on walls, roads, or in the snow, and worn in the form of certain coins (as in the picture above) attached to one's clothes - despite the threat of harsh punishment.

Inspired by those brave people and their courage, the Human Rights Research League includes the H7 symbol in its logo and its members wear a wartime H7 coin on their jacket lapels, as a token of respect and as a promise never to take freedom for granted.

The number 7 equally stands for the seven virtues we aspire to promote and exercise in our daily work: Compassion, perseverance, vision, curiosity, humility, dignity, and volition.

Who we are

The Human Rights Research League is composed of members with a variety of academic backgrounds, including international law, political science, economic science, religious studies, philosophy, and literature, spread over four continents. We speak inter alia English, French, German, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, as well as the Scandinavian languages.The Human Rights Research League is headed by a Board, consisting of:

Susan Akram

Marius Haga

Steven Schneebaum

Tom Syring (Chairman) 

Where we are

The Human Rights Research League is registered and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, as its European hub, with representations, partners or contacts in North America, the Middle East, and Africa. 


Human Rights Research League

P. O. Box 1509 Vika

0117 Oslo


Org. no.: 819 845 662 

Support our work

If you want to support our work or become a member, please contact us (at the bottom of the homepage), or simply use our bank account details below:


IBAN: NO0915062076264 


If you are based in Norway:

DnB account #: 1506.20.76264

Vipps: 554828

Every contribution matters. Annual membership fees are 10 Euros (or 100 NOK, if based in Norway). Any donations of 10 Euros (100 NOK) or more could be applied towards a one-year membership, if so desired.