The Foundation

The Foundation Human Rights in the Picture was officially established on 15 May 2013 by Jan de Koning and Nadja Houben in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Its founding board members are Cees Flinterman, David Vriesendorp and Jan de Koning.

At Human Rights in the Picture we visualise human rights stories for a better world. It is our mission to promote respect for human rights through film, art, new media and education aiming to reach a divers and broad audience.

Working from The Hague and Brussels the small team is strengthened by a hub of filmmakers, visual artists, photographers, translators, editors, educators, human rights defenders, lawyers, NGOs, diplomats and students. They share their talents with us and together we use art to make this world a better place.

You can browse through the website to get an idea of our work and you can stop by our Vimeo channel for trailers and more: Vimeo Channel



The Board has three members:


Zainab Malik
Lawyer and human rights defender working on issues of abolition of the death penalty, torture, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.





Liliana De Marco
Executive Director of Protection International







Carin Benninger
Programme Director Convention Against Torture Programma at OMCT








The Advisory Board has four members:

Cees Flinterman - chair
Honorary Professor of Human Rights, former member of the Human Rights Commitee and CEDAW





David Vriesendorp
Owner of Eb & Vloed Communicatie







Jan de Koning
Owner and founder of De Koning Vergouwen Law Firm, Amsterdam







Theo van Boven
Emeritus Professor International Law, former Head of the UN Centre for Human Rights and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture




Nadja Houben is the Director of the Foundation and is responsible for the daily management.





_media/thumb/pictures/0824e74d-b9e4-42dd-b587-4136d93b4551.jpgJulia van der Wees is our smart and ambitious intern. She is a third year bachelor student at Amsterdam University College.