About us

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:

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-pic1.jpgLiliana De Marco
Executive Director of Protection International










HRP2.jpgCarin Benninger
Program Director Convention Against Torture Programma at OMCT






The Advisory Board has five members:

IMG_21831.jpegCees Flinterman - chair
Honorary Professor of Human Rights, former member of the Human Rights Committee and CEDAW






Schermafdruk_2019-12-18_14_11_12.pngDavid Vriesendorp
Owner of Eb & Vloed Communicatie








Schermafdruk_2019-12-18_14_06_02.pngJan de Koning
Owner and founder of De Koning Vergouwen Law Firm, Amsterdam







Schermafdruk_2019-12-06_21_24_32.pngTheo van Boven
Emeritus Professor International Law, former Head of the UN Centre for Human Rights and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture






Dewi van de Weerd

Career diplomat, currently Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy













Schermafbeelding_2020-12-16_om_12_50_50.pngNadja Houben
The Director of the Foundation and responsible for daily management.







PHOTO-2020-12-16-12-22-12.jpgJulia van der Wees
Media & outreach coordinator