Dutch Postcode Lottery supports initiative for the empowerment of human rights defenders at risk

In the run-up to the annual Charity Gala on 4 March 2019, the Dutch Postcode Lottery presented Justice and Peace Netherlands with a donation of one million euros. With this support, Justice and Peace will strengthen the social impact of its programme for human rights defenders at risk and to inspire citizens across the Netherlands to take action for human rights.

Photo: Roy Beusker.

Fundamental human rights have reportedly diminished in almost two-thirds of the world, and every year thousands of human rights defenders are being harassed, unlawfully detained, or subjected to smear campaigns and other violations, both online and offline. Human rights defenders are active in all fields of human rights and democracy in the most difficult contexts worldwide, working tirelessly to make the world a fairer, greener and peaceful place for all. The contribution from the Dutch Postcode Lottery comes at a crucial moment as the need to protect and support human rights defenders across the globe remains as acute as ever.

Thanks to participants of the Postcode Lottery 

The important contribution by the Dutch Postcode Lottery will assist Justice and Peace Netherlands in empowering human rights defenders that are at risk or threatened globally, through capacity building activities. These include hands-on training sessions on security management, digital and organisational security,  wellbeing and self-care as well as advocacy and policy influencing in the human rights field. These trainings will help human rights defenders and their organisations to enhance their security in order to be able to continue their work safely and effectively upon return.

By expanding their work in the Netherlands, Justice and Peace aims to also empower more citizens in the Netherlands to engage with and take a stand for human rights, for everyone, everywhere.

Empowering human rights defenders

In response to the increasingly restrictive and punitive environments in which human rights defenders operate in globally, Justice and Peace Netherlands launched the Shelter City initiative in 2012 in order to provide protection and support to human rights defenders at risk. In collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 12 Dutch cities, the Shelter City initiative has so far temporarily relocated over 80 human rights defenders at risk from all over the world, offering them the opportunity to temporarily escape risks and build capacities in order to return and continue their valuable human rights work. The contribution from the Dutch Postcode Lottery will further expand the social impact of Justice and Peace’s human rights defenders programme.

About the Dutch National Postcode Lottery

The National Postcode Lottery was established in 1989 to support charities that work for a just and green world. Each year, half of the contribution by Postcode Lottery participants goes toward good causes in the field of people and nature. Since the establishment of the Postcode Lottery more than 5.4 billion euros have been donated to charitable causes.

On 4 March 2019, the Postcode Lottery will hold its annual Charity Gala where it will announce the monetary contributions that will be allocated for good causes, thanks to its participants.

Justice and Peace Netherlands extends it’s heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Dutch National Postcode Lottery and it’s participants for their support.

In March 2019, fifteen human rights defenders from Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Georgia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will temporarily relocate to the Netherlands via the Shelter City initiative by Justice and Peace Netherlands. The participants include human rights lawyers, journalists, women’s rights activists, and activists working on defending the rights of LGBTI communities, environmental protection, restoring the rights of child soldiers, minority rights, police violence, extrajudicial killings and illicit crops and drugs policy.