International Shelter City Workshop 2018: Towards a greater security for human rights defenders

Developing a city-based relocation network for human rights defenders

From September 24 to 26, 2018, Justice and Peace Netherlands together with Shelter City Tbilisi, CPD, and Truth Hounds, and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will host the first International Shelter City Workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Under the theme ‘Towards a greater security for human rights defenders’, the three-day Shelter City workshop will bring together experts in the field of human rights, city-based relocation, security, and the protection of human rights defenders to exchange expertise and best practices, address current and future challenges, and work towards the development of an international city relocation network for the protection and support of human rights defenders.

The workshop will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia and will be attended by representatives of international city-based relocation initiatives, NGOs, civil society organisations, government authorities, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Organisations present include In Difesa Di (Italy), ICORN (Norway), the Martin Roth-Initiative (Germany), Civil Rights Defenders (Sweden), DefendDefenders (Uganda), Freedom House (Lithuania), Front Line Defenders (Ireland), and People in Need (Czech Republic). From the international Shelter City network, representatives from the Shelter Cities of Nijmegen and Utrecht (Netherlands), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), San José (Costa Rica) and Tbilisi (Georgia) will speak.

This workshop is made possible by Justice and Peace Netherlands together with Shelter City Tbilisi, CPD, Truth Hounds, and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Shelter City is an initiative powered by Justice and Peace Netherlands that provides protection and support to human rights defenders at risk through temporary relocation and security training. For more information, click here.