RELOCATION PROGRAMS: DAR ES SALAAM AND BENIN SHELTER CITIES

Africa has been subject to decades of armed conflicts and human rights violations. Opposing armed groups as well as ethnic and political conflicts have led to large human rights violations in almost all the countries within the Africa continent. Electoral disputes and related developments have led to chaotic situations and to creation of a very discouraging environment for human rights activists (HRDs) and their organizations.

Because of the risk they face, an increasing number of African HRDs have been discouraged or unable to carry out their work in their communities. Some simply stopped human right work, others had to flee and could not return. The absence of HRDs from their home countries is a major loss to their communities, where their role is crucial.

Through, the Dar es Salaam and Benin Shelter Cities, the AHRN addresses part of the problems of HRDs by providing urgent temporary relocation to HRDs at risk in their own region to help them to continue their human rights work during the relocation period, and, on the other hand, by helping them to return to their communities and countries to continue their work.

Shelters’ main services:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation and livelihood
  • Medical assistance and, medical insurance
  • Psycho-social support
  • Gym and swimming
  • Capacity building / trainings
  • Continuation of work while abroad (temporarily)
  • Exchange program and networking programs
  • Safe return and continuation of work in home country

ARE YOU A HRD AND YOU NEED TO BE RELOCATED, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM ONLINE. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FORM AND SEND IT TO info@ahrnfoundation.org

In line with the policy of the United Nations, the European Union, The Netherlands and most of other countries, AHRN considers that change will come from within and that those who put their lives at risk to stand against injustice and violations of human rights deserve to be supported.

AHRN shelter cities are part of the International Shelter City Network alongside other members such as Shelter City Netherlands, Shelter City Costa Rica (Central America) and Shelter City Georgia (for Caucasus/Central Asia). The Network is coordinated by Justice and Peace Netherlands.