July 23, 2024

Call for Applications: Renewing the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism/ DDL: 22.01.2019

The EU has launched a call for applications for its EIDHR programme, which aims to promote democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives.


Effective support for human rights and their defenders in situations where they are most at risk has been a EU longstanding priority and a priority of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) since 2007.


The global objective of this call for proposals is renewing the EU multifaceted human rights defenders mechanism led by a consortium of specialised organisations with worldwide coverage addressing the most difficult situations faced by human rights defenders.


The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • to enable HRDs at risk (individuals, groups and organisations) to carry out their work and enhance their protection through EU multifaceted support worldwide;
  • to enhance temporary relocation and shelter capacities for HRDs in most difficult situations, including rest and respite, and support to their subsequent return or integration;
  • to strengthen the coordination and synergy with other actors and initiatives supporting HRDs, including those funded by the EIDHR.

The EU HRDs mechanism will focus on the most difficult situations and on HRDs  who are most at risk: HRDs in those countries and regions where they are most subject to repression. Groups of HRDs which are most targeted and vulnerable; HRDs working in remote areas; Women HRDs. Forgotten and disenfranchised HRDs.


Priority 1: Providing multiform support to HRDs most at risk on short, medium and long-term

Priority 2: Providing for enhanced temporary relocation and shelter capacities for HRDs

Priority 3: Ensuring coordination and outreach


The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is 15,000,000 EUR from the general budget of the European Union for 2019.


There is no nationality restriction for applicants/ co-applicants/ affiliated entities, therefore civil society organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, active in the field of Human Rights, are encouraged to apply.


The deadline for submitting applications is the 22nd of January 2019.


More information regarding the call for applications is available here.


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