In the fall, two human rights defenders came to Oslo and were able to participate in cultural, social, and educational activities in Oslo as part of the Breathing Space City programme, a temporary relocation programme with the aim of creating a breathing space for human rights defenders living in stressful or hostile environments. Read more about the background and objectives of the programme here.
One of the guests was Syahrul, a lawyer from the Aceh province in Indonesia. He has been the director of Banda Aceh Legal Aid (LBH Banda Aceh) from 2019 to 2024, and he currently works as an internal consultant for the same organisation. When summing up his stay, he stated that he particularly enjoyed the cultural life as well as the opportunity to improve his English skills and learn about mental health. Read more about him and other former guests of the programme here.