About us

Our approach

We focus on pragmatic and solutions-based approaches to promoting and protecting the respect for human rights, for everyone, everywhere. We believe in innovation, and through our projects and initiatives, we create new ways to effectively address challenges, incite positive change, ensure long term sustainability and create real impact for human rights.

But we don’t do this alone. Since our inception in 1968, Justice and Peace has continued to follow three main principles that we see are the most effective to achieving our vision of a just and sustainable world: empowering change on the local level, adapting to the needs of the present and future, and most importantly, working together. By bringing people and organisations together from all levels of society, providing them a platform, the tools, resources, and opportunities, we ensure everyone can help to make a positive difference for human rights. 

Our work

Today, our projects focus on two main issues – the protection and integration of refugees and the protection and security of human rights defenders.

Through our initiatives, Welkom Hier, Haagse Huiskamer, and Samen Hier, we work to improve the integration of newcomers in the Netherlands, build resilient and welcoming societies, and actively lobby for safe pathways for refugees and migrants. 

With our worldwide Shelter City Network, we provide vital protection and support to human rights defenders at risk through temporary relocation and security training, so that they can continue their work safely and effectively over the longer term. 

Alongside our projects, Justice and Peace actively promotes the respect for human rights by raising awareness through events, publications, petitions, and educational outreach. 

Our history

Since 1968, Justice and Peace Netherlands has been committed to promoting respect for human rights, social justice, local solidarity and democratic values all over the world. Originating from a worldwide movement stemming from the Catholic Church, under the name of ‘Justitia et Pax’, our organisation has committed to standing up for the rights and freedoms of everyone, everywhere.

Over the last 50 years, Justice and Peace has been involved in defending a range of human rights issues. From bringing to light the refugee crisis in Sri Lanka in the 80s, to supporting the peace process in East Timor, calling an end to the death penalty in Europe in the 90s, and advocating for mass pardons for undocumented migrants in the Netherlands around the new millennium, we have led efforts towards the protection of human rights defenders and the respect of rights of refugees.

We further share our expertise with the international community through our membership at the Human Rights and Democracy Network, as well as by holding a special consultative status at The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and a participatory status within the Council of Europe.

To know more about our current projects, have a look at our initiatives.

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