Ride for Rights, cycle for human rights defenders!
Welcome to Ride for Rights Netherlands!
Do you want to challenge yourself and cycle across the Netherlands, while standing up for human rights and those that defend them?
Ride For Rights Netherlands is a cycle movement that brings people together for the protection of human rights, and those that defend them. By participating, you contribute to a fairer, more peaceful world, for everyone, everywhere.
This year’s edition will take place on Saturday, 18 May, 2019. By participating, cyclists will fundraise for the Dutch Shelter City initiative to protect human rights defenders at risk.
Why cycle for human rights and those that defend them?
Every day, people around the world are standing up for human rights and against human rights violations. While in the Netherlands, defending human rights is often without consequence, in many places, this can be a dangerous fight.
If human rights defenders are being threatened because of the work they do, they qualify for a three month stay in the Dutch Shelter City Initiative, powered by Hague-based human rights NGO, Justice and Peace Netherlands. Through this initiative, human rights defenders can escape a potentially threatening situation for a short period, catch their breath, expand their network, and receive vital security training so that they can go back and continue their work safely and effectively.
Through Ride for Rights, we want to raise as much as we can to train and empower more people defending human rights. By training and empowering one individual here in the Netherlands, we protect others, such as their colleagues and empower whole communities to realise their rights.