Call for Applications for 2021: Shelter City Netherlands

Published December 1, 2020
Language English

Justice and Peace Netherlands is launching a new call for human rights defenders at risk to participate in the Shelter City initiative around March 2021. The deadline to apply is 10 December 2020 at 23:59 CET (Central European Time).
Special conditions apply because of the COVID-19 situation.

Shelter City provides temporary safe and inspiring spaces for human rights defenders at risk where they re-energise, receive tailormade support and engage with allies. The term human rights defender 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 human rights defender a shelter for three months, during which they will rest, re-energise, 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 human rights defenders for a period of three months.

Read about eligibility and the selection process: