Each year, around 20 human rights defenders from all over the world stay in the 11 Dutch Shelter Cities. This offers the cities the chance to personally contribute to the improvement of human rights worldwide, through supporting and protecting the brave people that risk their lives defending human rights. By listening to their stories, getting together or supporting the HRD or the Shelter City network financially, you are contributing to the promotion and respect of human rights.
“Human Rights Defenders are the Agents of Change”
Ride for Rights 2019
Each year, a cycle fundraising challenge is held in the Netherlands to raise money for the Shelter City initiative and to fund the vital security trainings to ensure human rights defenders temporarily relocated via Shelter City can return and continue their work safely and effectively over the longer term.
On 18 May 2019, cyclists will take part in Ride for Rights 2019, with the goal to spread awareness about human rights, the need to protect and support human rights defenders, and reach our goal of 35,000 euros.
The Shelter City initiative is powered by human rights organisation, Justice and Peace Netherlands. Justice and Peace is recognised as an ANBI (public benefit organisation) by the Dutch administration. It means that your gift is tax-deductible. Find out more on the tax services website.
Justice and Peace is also a Recognised Charity and certified by CBF, so you know your donation goes to a good cause!
Sponsor a Shelter City guest
Organize a sponsorship or a fundraising for the human rights defenders. Fill out the form below to inquire about the possibilities.
Meet the human rights defenders and get into conversation during a debate, talk, or movie night. Check out the calendar or follow us on social media.
Shelter City friendship network
The Shelter City candidates sometimes have a busy schedule, but besides that it is important for them to relax and have a great social life. Therefore we are looking for volunteers to be part of the Shelter City friendship network, which occasionally meets up with the Shelter City candidates. Look at the city pages to contact the Shelter City nearby.
Photo: Daniella van Bergen