Thursday, December 03, 2015

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - Shelter City Initiative

The Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders the possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape from a temporarily threatening situation. Shelter City is a last resort when shelter in the region is not possible and the safety of the human rights defender in question cannot be guaranteed. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders continue their work, even if they are temporarily relocated.

In the first half of 2016, six cities in The Netherlands will receive Human Rights Defenders for a period of three months. We are looking for Human Rights Defenders who are being threatened because of their work and who might be helped with this programme. Please circulate this message to all interested candidates who you may know.

Applicants must fulfil the following parameters:
1.       The HRD is a human rights defender in the broad sense of the word (lawyers, members of NGOs, poets or artists can all apply, as long as their work promotes human rights or he/she fights against human rights violations)
2.       The HRD faces threats due to his/her work and is in need of a shelter and/or rest and respite
3.       The HRD should be able to return to the country of origin after 3 months.
4.       The HRD has to be willing to come to the Netherlands around the middle of February 2015.
5.       The HRD should speak fluently English, French or Spanish (4 of the 6 positions request some level of English)
6.       The HRD should be willing to come alone.

The period in the Netherlands can also be used to strengthen the capacities of human rights defenders. This could be done by computer courses, language courses, safety training, media training or other courses that could benefit the work of the human rights defender. Furthermore, during his/her time in The Hague, the human rights defender can extend his/her international network.

The application form must be submitted before the 12th of January 2016.

Note that the Human Rights Defender who applies will not be automatically allowed into the shelter programme as Justice and Peace is not in control of issuing the required visa's to enter The Netherlands.

To apply or submit the application of a human rights defender, please e-mail You will then receive an application form. Application forms must be returned before 12 January 2016.

For more information please contact Alexia Falisse, +31 070 763 1493. 

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