Lyon

Shelter City Lyon is the first French Shelter City to join the global movement. In 2021, Agir ensemble pour les droits humains and the City of Lyon joined forces to build a temporary relocation programme in Lyon which aims to contribute to the protection of human rights defenders by offering them an opportunity to gain rest and respite and to strengthen their capacities.

Shelter City Lyon is designed to host human rights defenders at risk from all over the world, especially from French-speaking regions. For its pilot year, Shelter City Lyon will be focusing on the protection of environmental defenders and artists.

Our support

Tailormade support

Our team is dedicated to offering human rights defenders tailored support and organize activities based on their preferences and needs: allowing them to follow courses, strengthen their network and capacities, and participate in events and advocacy opportunities to raise awareness of the cause they are fighting for and rest and recharge their batteries. Shelter City Lyon also provides family relocation when needed and ensures that human rights defenders’ needs are met during their stay.

Rest and respite

Lyon is the third largest city in France and is known as the capital of French gastronomy. It is a place of thriving cultural and sporting activities thanks to its numerous museums, its lifelong history of cinema and its proximity to the French Alps. Its most famous park, Parc de la Tête d’Or, is the largest urban park in France, allowing visitors to get the fresh air they need. Shelter City Lyon provides human rights defenders with a great environment to re-energize and discover French culture. Our team has partnered with trained professionals to offer physical and psychological care to human rights defenders and focus on improving their wellbeing.

Strengthen capacities and network

Lyon is home to four universities and several « grandes écoles » offering numerous training and networking opportunities. Human rights defenders have the opportunity to follow courses on international law and French-speaking lessons if they wish. Lyon is also close to Brussels and Geneva, where human rights defenders can visit European and UN institutions focused on advancing human rights.

Engage with local allies

Shelter City Lyon has a wealth of opportunities for networking and advocacy for human rights defenders that wish to create new alliances. Human rights defenders can meet with local citizens, local civil society organisations, schools, and governmental and international institutions, to share their experiences and knowledge, and build friendships across continents.

Our team

Philippe Morie
Philippe Morie

General Delegate

Head of Protection Programme
Head of Protection Programme
Flora Stevens
Flora Stevens

Programme Coordinator

Assistant Programme Coordinator
Assistant Programme Coordinator
Guillaume Guichon
Guillaume Guichon

Programme and Communications Officer

Laura Paillas
Laura Paillas

Finance Officer

Our stories

Iván, reflecting on his journey as a human rights defender
Iván, former diplomat and Shelter City Amsterdam guest, shares his personal journey of becoming a human rights defender.
Shelter City Amsterdam
Iván, reflexionando sobre su trayectoria como defensor de los derechos humanos
Iván, antiguo diplomático y huésped de Shelter City Amsterdam, comparte su trayectoria personal como defensor de los derechos humanos.
Shelter City Amsterdam
Kiruba, fighting caste cruelties in India
Read Kiruba's story of challenging caste-based atrocities and discrimination in India.
Shelter City Nijmegen
Arsène, adding drops of justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Arsène shares his story as a human rights defender and lawyer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Shelter City The Hague
Clasien, part of a global movement of human rights defenders
Clasien shares with us her experience coordinating Shelter City Tilburg and what it means to her to work with human rights defenders.
Shelter City Tilburg
Clasien, deel van een wereldwijde beweging van mensenrechten verdedigers
Clasien deelt met ons haar ervaring met het coördineren van Shelter City Tilburg en wat het voor haar betekent om met mensenrechtenverdedigers te werken.
Shelter City Tilburg
Olga, resilient in her journey for justice
During her three-month stay in The Hague, Olga penned a story to share her personal journey as a human rights defender in Venezuela.
Shelter City The Hague
Olga, preseverante en su búsqueda de justicia
Durante su estancia de tres meses en La Haya, Olga escribió un relato para compartir su trayectoria personal como defensora de los derechos humanos en Venezuela.
Shelter City The Hague

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