EUASU expert. The founder of Droits de l’Homme sans Frontières, Belgium. Former chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. He is the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, an NGO based in Brussels that he founded in 2001. He is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee, Belgium.
Willy Fautré is an EUASU expert. The founder of Droits de l’Homme sans Frontières, Belgium. Former chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. He is the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, an NGO based in Brussels that he founded in 2001. He is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee, Belgium.
He was the co-founder and member (for 30 years) of the board of directors of the “Centre d’Animation en Langues,” a non-profit organization with over 40 employees promoting the study of foreign languages. He was a researcher in pedagogy at the University of Mons and training future language teachers. He was a chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Belgian Ministry of Education and at the Belgian Parliament. In this official capacity, he carried out several projects aiming at bringing the three linguistic communities of Belgium closer to each other.
For 40 years, Willy Fautré has been defending human rights with a special focus on ethnic and religious minorities, freedom of expression and women’s rights. He has carried out fact-finding missions on human rights in more than 25 countries from North and Central America to Far East Asia, including in perilous regions such as Iraq, Syria, Sandinist Nicaragua or Maoist held territories in Nepal.
He is a lecturer in universities in the field of human rights. He has published many academic papers in university journals about relations between state and religions. He is a member of the Press Club in Brussels. He is also a correspondent in Brussels for The European Times. He is the editor-in-chief of a daily electronic newsletter of Human Rights Without Frontiers reaching 10,000 influential institutions and policy-makers around the world. He is associate editor of Bitter Winter, a magazine on religious liberty on human rights, the editor-in-chief of which is Dr. Massimo Introvigne.
He is a human rights advocate at the UN, the European Parliament and the OSCE. He is quite often interviewed by media outlets in Brussels covering human rights issues and the EU. For decades, he has built a reputation in Brussels for giving visibility to issues that are frequently neglected, underreported or even controversial and unpopular.
Debunking fake news and reestablishing the truth, fighting against defamation campaigns targeting individuals or groups, restoring the reputation and the image of ordinary or well-known citizens, being the voice of the voiceless and of powerless victims are part of the values that he defends. He works with law firms to defend people under threat of arbitrary extradition and questionable arrest warrants. He organizes conferences at the European Parliament and at the Press Club in Brussels. He has access to the various mechanisms of the United Nations in Geneva through oral and written statements and organizes side-events.