Mayor of The Hague Pauline Krikke visits Justice and Peace Netherlands

On Wednesday 8 May, 2019, Justice and Peace Netherlands had the honour of welcoming to our office the Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, on behalf of the Shelter City initiative for the support and protection of human rights defenders. During her visit, she met the eleven Shelter City participants taking part in the Security Training Course in The Hague. 

Justice and Peace Netherlands first met with Mayor Pauline Krikke during a Shelter City lunch meeting that was organised in the The Hague City Hall in November 2018. During this meeting, Mayor Pauline Krikke expressed her wish to visit the office of Justice and Peace. 

The mayor was welcomed in Het Nutshuis by the Director of Justice and Peace, Sebastiaan van der Zwaan, and Chairman, Jan Henneman, and the Shelter City team. 

During the meeting, both Sebastiaan van der Zwaan and Jan Henneman informed the mayor about the different initiatives of Justice and Peace, how Justice and Peace is actively contributing to the protection of human rights, and empowering people on the local level for human rights. Through this work, Justice and Peace is also dedicated to promoting The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice. 

Shelter City initiative for human rights defenders

During the mayor’s visit, the Shelter City team gave detailed information about the Shelter City programme and our work on the international, national level and local level. It was explained how locals from The Hague are connected to the work and stay of Shelter City participants and how Justice and Peace is connecting a broad audience to Shelter City, for example by organising guest lectures at high schools and universities.

The mayor ended her visit by meeting the eleven Shelter City participants currently in The Hague for their Security Training Course as part of the Shelter City initiative. The mayor applauded the Shelter City participants for their hard work and wished them a fruitful stay in their respective Shelter Cities here in the Netherlands.

Mayor Pauline Krikke meeting with eleven human rights defenders currently taking part in the Security Training Course as part of the Shelter City initiative.

Mayor Pauline Krikke with the Shelter City participants.