31 May 2017
New call for Shelter City!
Human Rights Defenders & Security
Justice and Peace is launching a new call for Human Rights Defenders to participate in the Shelter City Initiative. Apply before 25 June.
The Shelter City Initiative offers human rights defenders a possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape temporarily from a threatening situation. The 10 Dutch Shelter Cities offer a safe space to human rights defenders at a moment where they are particularly vulnerable and their security can no longer be guaranteed at home.
The programme’s objective is to offer the human rights defender a shelter for three months, during which she/he will rest, build up capacity, extend her/his network and raise awareness about the situation in their country. At the end of the programme, participants are expected to return with new tools and energy to carry out their work at home. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders can continue their work while they are temporarily relocated.
- Explore the 10 Shelter Cities and participants on www.sheltercity.nl.
From September 2017, eight Shelter Cities in The Netherlands will receive human rights defenders for a period of three months. We are looking for human rights defenders who might be helped with a short relocation programme, because they are threatened or under intense pressure due to their work. Please circulate this message to all interested candidates who you may know.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- The applicant must be a human rights defender (HRD) 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)
- The HRD is threatened or otherwise under intense pressure and can be helped by a short period of time abroad
- The HRD should be able and willing to return to the country of origin after 3 months
- The HRD should be willing to speak out in public and speak basic English (limited spots are available for French or Spanish speaking HRDs)
- The HRD should be willing/able to come alone
- The HRD has to be willing to come to the Netherlands around September 2017
Note that additional factors will be taken into consideration in the final round of selection, such as the added value of a stay in The Netherlands (giving priority to those working at grass-roots level), the possibility for the HRD to make use of the new contacts and knowledge after they return, and gender and geographical balance. HRDs who are already relocated in a third country will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
To apply or submit the application of a human rights defender, please e-mail sheltercity[at]justiceandpeace.nl. You will then receive an application form. Application forms must be returned before 25 June 2017. An independent commission will select the participants.
Note that the selected human rights defenders will not be automatically allowed into the shelter programme as Justice and Peace is not in control of issuing the required visas to enter The Netherlands.
For more information, please contact us at sheltercity[at]justiceandpeace.nl.
4 May 2017