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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Education - Training, Human Rights, Information, Justice - Security, Local development, Public Management

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Central America, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Central America: Mexico


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in the extension of political participation and representation.

Priorities and funded actions:

– 1. To impact on public policies for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists at risk, at the federal level and especially at the state level
– 2. To influence public policies at the federal and state levels in order to generate legislation and mechanisms for prevention, care, family, investigating cases of disappearance and forced disappearance of persons and support and social reintegration
– 3. To update and implement programmes and related careers in law as established in the 2011 constitutional reform on human rights

This call for proposals is divided into two lots
– LOT 1: Objectives 1 and 2 (1 400 000 euro)
– LOT 2: Objective 3 (500 000 euro)


* LOT 1
Objective 1
– Measures to strengthen and allow the implementation of mechanisms to protect human rights defenders and journalists
– Strengthening civil society and human rights defenders (rights of migrants, indigenous women and children, LGBTI population..)
– Provision of financial, material and other tangible support to defenders of human rights activists and journalists to carry out their work
– Raising public awareness

Objective 2
– Influencing public policies in achieving the recommendations issued by international agencies on missing persons
– Preventing the disappearance of persons
– Creating a national database on disappeared people

* LOT 2
Objective 3
– Modifying programmes and related careers in law under the 2011 Human Rights Constitutional Reform
– Providing to students of law and related careers a comprehensive view on the Constitutional Reform of Human Rights and its implications at all levels of legal studies
– Activating ad hoc diplomas in faculties of law and for related professional careers involved in the promotion and defense of human rights

Among financed actions
– Training activities to federal authorities, state and local levels on the value of the work of human rights defenders and journalists in strengthening democracy
– Training on safety and security, including the provision of appropriate materials and equipment, and any other preventive activities
– Awareness raising campaigns of collective responsibility
– Providing counseling, legal advice and other types of support for social reintegration
– Providing technical assistance to law schools
– Incorporate international human rights standards to the programmes offered by law schools