“The political and economical accompaniment of NHRF has made it possible to advance and position a key psychological-legal strategy for the defense of human rights, the construction of peace and organizational strengthening.”
Within our current 2016-2020 strategy, our grantees have been and are working to ensure accountability for perpetrators and for institutions that have the power and means to provide remedy and redress for human rights violations against marginalized and vulnerable groups in their communities. Our support reaches a range of issues across our priority countries. These issues include the following found in the graph below.
Many of our grantees work with victims and survivors of conflict and conflict-related extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Projects focusing on these issues cover 4 of our 9 priority countries. Conflicts have a lasting impact in the minds and bodies of survivors and the families of victims. Work in this area helps us to understand that there is no expiration date on the desire to pursue justice and accountability for violations of human rights by state or non-state actors. For survivors who feel forgotten, this work is especially meaningful and has a deeply personal impact in the lives of those reached by the support of our grantees.
Support to people on the ground affected by human rights abuse and to people that are taking a lead in the rights struggle is an important feature of the NHRF. The NHRF supported several organisations in countries affected by war or conflict in the present or past. Changing laws and policies is a long-term effort that involves the contribution of many civil society organisations at local, national and international level. The NHRF is committed to the improvement of the legal and administrative protection in the countries we work. We supported 14 projects working on law and policy changes in 2017.
In our current strategic period, we have supported projects applying the following methods: legal capacity building, collaboration between and the establishment of networks, legal aid/assistance, advocacy, workshops/training on human rights, psychosocial therapy, documentation, monitoring, and reporting of human rights violations, and more.
Our grantees are members of and/or work with many different marginalized and vulnerable communities. Many also work with local authorities (e.g. police enforcement) and professionals (lawyers and health workers) to provide education on the human rights situation for the communities they serve and the proper, human rights-based procedures for handling cases. Collectively, our grantees are providing direct and critical support to some of the most marginalized groups in their home countries and even in the larger global contexts for some groups (women and LGBTQ+).
Our grantees working within this strategic area have expressed that helping to link them to national and international networks and support to help them increase their security and protection are the most valuable forms of support the NHRF can provide outside of grant support. We will continue to focus our support in these areas, while also keeping in mind the varying support needs for each grantee organization.