Human Rights Monitoring and Safety and Security Workshop: Inviting Human Rights Defenders from the South Caucasus and Central Asia

Deadline: 16 May 2017

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) is organizing six-day training on human rights monitoring and safety and security for human rights defenders (HRDs) from the South Caucasus and Central Asia from 26 June to 1 July 2017 in Georgia. The objective of the training is to enable HRDs to independently carry out quality and objective human rights monitoring activities.

The event will take place in Georgia from 26 June to 1 July 2017, and will cover the human rights monitoring principles and cycle, physical safety and security of human rights monitors, as well as digital security, including Martus, a secure information management software for human rights monitoring. The language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into Russian provided. The training will be based on interactive learning methods and requires a high level of active participation by all participants.

The OSCE/ODIHR recognizes as a human right defender any person promoting and striving for the realization of human rights regardless of profession, age or other status. Human rights defenders carry out their human rights activities individually or jointly with others, as part of an informal group or a non-governmental organization (NGO), and act in a voluntary capacity or professionally. The key characteristic that defines human rights defenders is not who they are, but what they do and the principles they stand for.


Accommodation and travel costs for the workshop will be covered by ODIHR.

Eligibility Criteria

The size of the group will be limited to 25 participants, selected according to the following criteria:

  • Citizenship of one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan;
  • Limited or no experience on human right monitoring and reporting;
  • Relevance of the training for future human rights activities in the region;
  • No or limited previous training in safety and security (including digital security);
  • Fluency in English and/or Russian

How to Apply

Applicants can download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit OSCE Call for Applications.

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