Justice and Peace Netherlands is launching a new call for applications for at risk Human Rights Defenders to participate in Shelter City. The deadline for applications is 10 December 2020. Please be aware that special conditions apply because of the COVID-19 situation (see conditions below).
Shelter City provides temporary safe and inspiring spaces for human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk where they re-energise, receive tailormade support and engage with allies. The term HRD is intended to refer to the broad range of activists, journalists, scholars, writers, artists, political figures, lawyers, civil rights defenders, independent media professionals, civil society members, and others working to advance human rights and democracy around the world in a peaceful manner. Shelter City offers the HRD a shelter for three months, during which they will rest, re-energize, gain new skills, extend their 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.
From March 2021 onwards, several cities in the Netherlands will receive HRDs for a period of three months.
Shelter City and COVID-19
Please note that the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may pose certain challenges to the stay of HRDs in the Netherlands in 2021. These challenges can include:
Please consider these potential challenges carefully before applying to the programme.
Applicants must fulfil the following conditions in order to be elegible for Shelter City:
*By conversational English we mean that participants’ level of English allows them to actively participate in a training, speak about their work, communicate with the host city, etc.
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 as well as gender, geographic, and thematic balance. Please note that we can only accept HRDs currently residing in a third country under exceptional circumstances.
To apply or submit the application of a human rights defender, kindly find the online application form here. Application forms must be submitted by 10 December 2020, at 23:59 CET (Central European Time). An independent commission will select the participants.
Note that the selected HRDs will not automatically participate in the Shelter City 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.