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Sectors: Human Rights

Beneficiaries: International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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The global objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society in its actions to support the protection and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

Priorities and funded actions:

– to support civil society and human rights defenders working outside the EU in five key areas of human rights corresponding to the five recurring lots of 2014-2017 EIDHR global calls for proposals

– Lot 1: support to women Human Rights Defenders and/or Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights where they are the most at risk
– Lot 2: support to civil society actions fighting against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
– Lot 3: support to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
– Lot 4: support to the rights of persons belonging to minorities and persons affected by caste-based discriminations
– Lot 5: support to addressing impunity and to transitional justice 

Among financed actions
Lot 1
– Development of integrated protection systems for women Human Rights Defenders and/or Human Rights Defenders working on women’s and girls’ rights (both groups referred to hereinafter as W/HRDs) that entail not only their physical protection but also measures that support their wellbeing, comprising psycho-social support and access to health services when needed;
– Provision of medical and psycho-social assistance, legal counselling and any other type of support to W/HRDs, including to those placed in detention or in prison as well as to their relatives;
Lot 2
– Promoting and monitoring prevention of torture and ill treatments in the framework of counter-terrorism, the fight of organised crime, crisis situations or unforeseen increase in migration flows as well as promoting and preventing torture and ill-treatment in the streets and during the early phases of arrest and/or detention, perpetrated by State and non-State actors (e.g. militias, private police, guards, etc.);
– Protecting those individuals acting in challenging environments denouncing torture, ensuring their safety and further subsistence and that of their organisations;
Lot 3
– Disaggregated (including sex-disaggregated) data gathering and studies on the human rights impact of private companies’ activities;
– Ensuring access to judicial and non-judicial remedies to victims of corporate abuses at national, regional and international levels;
Lot 4
– Awareness raising, training and/or capacity building for affected individuals and groups in their basic rights and means of redress;
– Provision of legal support and assistance for affected, vulnerable individuals;
Lot 5
– Provision of legal and psychological assistance to victims;
– Training and capacity building on addressing impunity and transitional justice;
– Capacity building partnerships amongst international, regional and national actors;