Why Human Rights Beyond Borders?
We operate both symbolically and literally Beyond Borders
Mainstreaming beyond orders
Adoptee rights are Human Rights. We seek to move adoption issues from a niche issue to be recognized as common human rights by the public.
Intercountry adoption is beyond borders
The rights of intercountry adoptees are not only the responsibility of countries of origin, but also receiving countries; therefore, we seek to connect and work with adoptees beyond Korea to ensure that all members involved in adoption are respecting and protecting human rights.
Digital is beyond borders
To connect and include adoptees outside of Korea, we use online means, such as social media, our website, and other forms of online social connectivity.
HRBB works to create a global movement that campaigns to defend adopted people’s right to origins
A world in which:
in which those affected by adoption realize their right to know their origins as guaranteed by UN human rights treaties
in which human rights are secured from the moment of birth without discrimination
in which the Right to Origins is fully recognized as a human rights
HRBB defends the rights of adoptees and delivers their voices responsibly through transparency in its operations and governance in its management
HRBB represents the voices of adoptees and takes every opportunity to facilitate adoptees' participation through research, campaigning, and advocacy
HRBB respects, protects and promotes human rights throughout its activities
Applying a rights-based approach through a digital platform for global activism
Rights are international obligations that Korea and the countries that received Korean adoptees must fulfill. Rights are the language that States speak and are contracted to follow. Moreover, rights are a specific framework that is already established, and we base all of our activities and approach on the rights enshrined in the international human rights conventions.
Adoptees are spread throughout the world, and therefore, any advocacy that includes their participation must be global. Adoption does not involve only Korea but also receiving countries, so advocacy must be directed at both Korea and receiving countries.
Digital platform-based activities
The current pandemic makes travel nearly impossible. The reliance on online forms of communication has become the new normal. Moreover, most adoptees are outside of Korea, which leaves them left out of any discussions inside Korea; this excludes the participation of a majority of adoptees in the policies and laws that affect them. Additionally, online connections (e.g., Facebook groups, etc.) have been vital in uniting those affected by adoption (adoptees and birth families). Therefore, we use primarily digital means to connect and work together.