During a meeting in The Hague in 2010, human rights defenders made it clear that a Shelter project would significantly contribute to their safety. The municipal council of The Hague approved the idea of a Shelter City pilot. The city offers the Shelter City candidates a large network that can strengthen their position in their own country with the presence of many international institutions working on peace, law, and human rights.
“It brings us that you can see what human rights mean. Human rights defenders do not only find shelter, but also a programme in the city. They can tell their story to others, and they can show that respect of human rights is unfortunately not self-evident in the world.”
(Ingrid van Elsenhoven, alderman Knowledge economy, International, Youth, and Education)
In the Hague, Justice and Peace organizes the supervision of Shelter City candidates. The foundation ‘Noodopvang Haaglanden’ facilitates accommodation for the candidates. Fonds1818 supports the education programme.