Democratic Freedom and Human Rights Institute (DFHRI) is an independent and not-for-profit making organization established in 2007 in Kathmandu Nepal. It has been registered at District Administration Office, Lalitpur and is affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Government of Nepal. Since its establishment, the DFHRI has been working in Nepal to protect and promote human rights with focus on transitional justice, rule of law and accountability.

DFHRI respects and promotes diversity and plurality both in its structural make-up and operational interventions. It has an inclusive governing board of seven members led by a lawyer and six regular staff members led by another human rights lawyer.

DFHRI monitors incidents of violence and human rights violations, prepares documents and brings them to public through discussion, interaction, publication and media mobilization demanding for government’s accountability to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. It has published about a dozen of books and study reports related to human rights and transitional justice. It has also produced five dozen more research-based video documentaries on different cases of human rights violations committed during the armed conflict in Nepal.


  • To build a foundational institute for the study of democracy and human rights
  • To enhance the theoretical and practical capacity of local level individuals and institutions those are actively working to protect and promote human rights
  • To contribute towards addressing the issue of transitional justice as per the international standards through research, documentation and discussion
  • To enhance the effectiveness of NHRIs through coordination and collaboration
  • To increase the marginalized peoples’ access to justice
  • To improve the public service delivery through the enhancement of accountability.


Prosperous Nepal with democracy and human rights


To create equitable society with human rights and democracy


Effective and accountable Justice and human rights institutions