BHRS was founded in early 2012 as a non-profit initiative with the aim of disseminating information on human rights and to contribute to the culture of human rights in Latvia and the rest of the Baltic region. It is a network of human rights professionals and academics and engages in research, consultancy, teaching and educational work. Currently, it is focussed on the following areas:
BHRS brings together professionals and academics in such fields as human rights, international public, humanitarian and criminal law. It operates with a small management team, researchers and advising experts who develop projects, and a larger network of experts and organisations who are invited to join projects or work on an ad hoc basis.