Eindhoven is a large international city. People from Eindhoven stay connected not only to the city, but also to global developments: Think Global, Act Local. Eindhoven now offers human rights activists temporary relocation, giving them a space to catch their breath. This makes Eindhoven the 13th city in the Netherlands to welcome human rights defenders.

Our support


Shelter City Eindhoven is committed to the wellbeing of human rights defenders. Eindhoven perfectly combines a lively atmosphere and many opportunities to relax. It hosts large green areas and several historical sites, making it the perfect place for human rights defenders to take a break and recharge for three months.

Tailored support and capacity-building

The Shelter City Eindhoven team provides human rights defenders with a wide variety of  activities that can accommodate their needs and wants. This includes  courses, psychological support, security trainings, and development of expertise.

Engaging with local allies

At Shelter City Eindhoven, human rights defenders have a platform to share their stories with the residents and raise awareness on human rights. They can also engage with local organizations and stakeholders. Allies are vital for human rights defenders in strengthening their human rights work back home.

Our team

Clasien Vermeer
Clasien Vermeer

Programme coordinator at Shelter City Eindhoven

Our stories

Wiecza, fighting for a better future for Venezuela
Learn more about Wiecza, a Venezuelan lawyer and human rights defender.
Shelter City Eindhoven
Numan, fighting for LGBTIQ+ rights in Malaysia
Learn more about Numan and his work to support the LGBTIQ+ community in Malaysia.
Shelter City Amsterdam
Manjula Pradeep, the inspiring activist behind Shelter City
Manjula Pradeep is an Indian human rights defenders and the inspiration behind Shelter City.
Shelter City Europe
Meet Caroline Rucah, Kenyan LGBTIQ+ rights defender
Watch a short documentary and learn more about Caroline Rucah, LGBTIQ+ rights defenders from Kenya.
Shelter City Utrecht
Asha’s photo hangs proudly on my wall
Nikki supports human rights defenders that stay in Shelter City Rotterdam. According to Nikki, being a part of Shelter City has changed her life.
Shelter City Rotterdam
Louisa and Asha: defending human rights in Nigeria and India during the COVID-19 pandemic
Louisa and Asha are two human rights defenders and former Shelter City guests who shared with us how their work has changed during the pandemic.
Shelter City Rotterdam
Mohammed Azaiza shares his experience of being stuck in Gaza while dreaming of Amsterdam
Mohammed Azaiza is a human rights defender from Gaza who was unable to relocate to Shelter City.
Shelter City Amsterdam
How William’s perseverance left a mark on numerous residents of Nijmegen
Yara was part of the Shelter City Nijmegen team for two years. During her time, she met inspiring human rights defenders such as William from Uganda.
Shelter City Nijmegen

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