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EIDHR – Promoting and protecting human rights defenders and fundamental freedoms – 2022

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) aims to promote and support democracy and respect for human rights throughout the world. This instrument accompanies Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, which states that the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

1.92 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions European Union, Mediterranean countries
  • The action must take place in Tunisia

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including gender equality; democracy; and the rule of law
  • To protect and empower groups and individuals, in particular victims of violence, pro-democracy
    victims of violence, pro-democracy and human rights defenders


  • Priority 1: To support and protect activists (including bloggers) in monitoring, preventing and responding to human rights and abuses of human rights (where relevant, the rights of women and members of the LGBTIQ community) and democratic gains
  • Priority 2: To strengthen the capacity of civil society to advocate and raise public awareness (including in social networks), promoting respect for human rights and democratic gains (where appropriate, accompanying electoral processes)

Among financed actions

  • Measures to ensure better implementation of national, regional and international legislation or to international legislation or to strengthen legislation promoting respect for human rights (including women’s rights) and democratic gains
  • Document and report on human rights violations and, where appropriate, violations of international law
  • Support the collection of appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable governments to develop and implement policies
  • Training of human rights defenders and CSOs active in human rights and democracy
  • Awareness and communication campaigns on specific democracy/human rights issues
  • Ensuring access to remedies for victims of human rights abuses and accountability/prosecution of perpetrators; providing counselling and support to victims
  • Provide psychosocial, medical, legal and other support
  • Promote inclusive and strategic partnerships, networking and cooperation with
    CSOs and other relevant stakeholders or between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
  • Promote accountability through CSO activities to monitor and reform the electoral process, including
    process, including implementing recommendations made by election observers
  • Promote the inclusion of women and members of the LGBTIQ community in formal and
    decision making structures, in the leadership of CSOs, including protecting them from all types of violence and discrimination

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person or be a non-governmental organisation
  • Be non-profit making
  • Total budget of the call: 1.920.000 euro
  • Amount of the grant: between 400,000 and 800.000 euro
  • Co-financing rate :
    • 95% of the total eligible costs of the action for the applicant(s) established in Tunisia
    • 75% of the total eligible costs of the action for a lead applicant established outside Tunisia

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