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, Haagse Huiskamer, Samen Hier, and Welkom 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 and Resilience Initiative 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.
Since 1968, our mission has remained the same – to promote the 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.