Photo Exhibition – Shelter City Groningen: Portraits of Human Rights Defenders

From the 31st of May, University College Groningen together with Justice and Peace Netherlands will host the photo exhibition, ‘Shelter City Groningen: Portraits of Human Rights Defenders’.

For one month, the Harmony Building in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen will display the exhibition, including 11 portraits of human rights defenders that have participated in the Shelter City programme, along with their stories.

Look through the eyes of photographer Daniella van Bergen Fotografie and learn about the exceptional people from around the world who stand up against violations of human rights and dedicate their lives defending the freedoms of others. Whether they are journalists, lawyers, activists, artists – we call them human rights defenders.

The city of Groningen has been a Shelter City since 2016. Together with University College Groningen, University of GroningenHumanitas Nederland and Hanzehogeschool Groningen, the municipality of Groningen has already hosted five human rights defenders from The Gambia, Palestine, Russia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place of 31 May at 16:00 in the Harmony Building at the University of Groningen. Dean of UCG, Dr. Hans van Ees, will open the exhibition. The current Shelter City Groningen guest and Kenyan human rights defender, Francis, will also speak. The opening ends at 17:00 with a drink and/or a visit to the exhibition. Admission is free.


Many thanks to Gemeente GroningenUniversity College Groningen, University of Groningen and the Harmony Building (in the framework of the exhibitions organized by the Faculty of Arts – University of Groningen) for their contributions to this exhibition.