The Foundation

At Human Rights, in the Picture we use visual storytelling to generate change. We shine a light on human rights violations, on injustice and inequality by giving people a voice through film, music, photography and other forms of art. In addition, we connect activists and artists to work together for a better, more equal and free world. We teach, we learn and we reach out. Our organization believes that by doing so we can effectively promote and improve respect for human rights.

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.

In order to get an idea of our work, you can browse through the website, visit our social media platforms, or reach out to us by email or phone.


Our foundation was established on 13 May 2013 by Jan de Koning and Nadja Houben in Amsterdam. Our founding members are still part of the Advisory Board and support us with their knowledge and experience.


The Board has three members:

_media/thumb/pictures/Zainab_Malik_2_sm.jpgZainab 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





_media/thumb/pictures/Schermafdruk_2019-12-18_13_28_54.pngCarin Benninger
Program Director Convention Against Torture Programma at OMCT








The Advisory Board has four members:

_media/thumb/pictures/IMG_2183.jpegCees Flinterman - chair
Honorary Professor of Human Rights, former member of the Human Rights Committee 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
The Director of the Foundation and responsible for daily management.


Julia van der Wees
Media & outreach coordinator