Nagorno Karabakh

Meet the Founder

Caroline Cox founded HART in 2004. She’s a human rights campaigner, independent member of the UK House of Lords and former Deputy Speaker.

Caroline is known for visiting places where many others are unwilling or unable to go. She speaks regularly in Parliament about her fact-finding missions to forgotten conflict zones and the inspirational projects of HART’s local partners.

Through her humanitarian work, Caroline stands in solidarity with people who are persecuted, marginalised, oppressed and ignored by the world’s media. She shines a light on their suffering and advocates for their freedom.

Areas travelled include the disputed region of Abyei, remote jungles in Burma, Sudan and South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Syria and North Korea. She’s visited the mountainous enclave of Nagorno Karabakh over 90 times.

Caroline has risked her life many times to deliver medical aid and food supplies to people in need. She was instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.

Baroness Cox has received numerous awards in recognition of her humanitarian work and other causes, including:

  • Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
  • International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council
  • Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia
  • Anniversary Medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th Anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Honorary Doctorates by universities in the UK, USA, Russia and Armenia
  • The prestigious Wilberforce Award

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