Shelter City in Costa Rica
About Shelter City San José
In 2018, San José, Costa Rica joined the Shelter City network to provide support and protection to human rights defenders from the neighbouring regions of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Together with Fundación Acceso, Hivos and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it provides integral security (legal, physical, digital and psycho-emotional) trainings for the HRDs to build on their capacities and have the ability to continue their work in their respective countries.
Shelter City Costa Rica also focuses on providing support to human rights defenders with dependents. As of June 2019, the Shelter City has supported 15 human rights defenders and 13 dependents.
“When I travel through the region, I meet human rights defenders. I know the value of their work. I know the risks they take. The violence, the threats, the stigmatisation, the imprisonments, the murders. We need to support them. Therefore we established Shelter City Costa Rica. I am proud we are making this contribution.” – Peter Derrek Hof, Dutch Ambassador to Costa Rica