• The establishment of the Foundation was approved by the General Assembly of the EMHRN convened in Malta in December 2003. The General Assembly gave the Executive Committee of the EMHRN the mandate to finalise the Statutes and launch the Foundation.


• In October 2004, the Danish civil authorities (Civilretsdirektoretet) accepted the Statutes of the Foundation including the fact that only one Board member out of seven or nine would be a Danish citizen.


• The Executive Committee formally adopted the final version of the Statutes at its ordinary meeting in The Hague, 29-31 October 2004 and nominated seven out of nine board members. It gave the President and the Executive director of the EMHRN the mandate to register the Foundation.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) launched the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders on December 9, 2004.