The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) program 2017 to support civil society in its actions to support the protection and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.
Program Lots and Objectives
Lot 1: Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the area of land-related rights, indigenous peoples, in the context of inter alia ‘land grabbing’ and climate change
to reinforce the short and long-term capacities of these HRDs and HRDs’ organisations to do their work on environmental and land issues at local/national level, to take their cases to the relevant national, regional or international human rights bodies and mechanisms and to apply internationally recognised frameworks, safeguards and guidelines in the defence of land and environment, including with respect to exercising their right to due diligence and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC);
to reinforce their resilience capacities to face severe repression through defamation, smear and stigmatisation at different level, community and public opinion, with a strong gender perspective;
to support their engagement with State and non-State actors (notably leading responsible business associations and investors)through dialogues and mediation activities toensure the respect of their rights, and to overcome impunity and the lack of access to remedy for victims.
Lot 2: Fighting against extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances
to support projects dealing with prevention of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings;
to support projects promoting accountability for perpetrators and the search for remedy for victims and their families in cases of enforced disappearances and/or extrajudicial killings.
Lot 3: Combating forced labour and modern slavery
to promote and support the ratification and effective implementation of the UN/ ILO conventions and protocols related to forced labour as well as other national or regional instruments;
to facilitate international and regional cooperation(including judicial, police cooperation, etc. ) with the view to prevent and eliminate forced labour practices in the agriculture/forestry sector with special attention to recruitment practices and supply chains;
to provide protective and accompanying measures for victims and/or potential victims of forced labour and their family as well as human rights defenders in the agriculture/forestry sector;
to ensure access to remedy for victims, accountability and prosecution of perpetrators;
to support measures preventing forced labour and to address the systemic and structural vulnerability to forced labour and severe labour abuses of agriculture/forestry related in particular to its labour intensity and seasonal character ;
to support due diligence by the private and public sectors to respond to the risk of forced labour and identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse impacts in this field.
Lot 4: Promoting and supporting the rights of persons with disabilities
to promote and support the ratification, effective implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol,
to foster partnerships between human rights civil society organisations and disabled peoples’ organisations (DPOs)and/or civil society organizations working for persons with disabilities in order to integrate disability within their wider human rights work.
Lot 5: Supporting freedom of religion or belief
to promote everyone’s freedom to believe or not to believe, without any coercion, with a particular focus on countries or situations where individuals are penalised for the act of freely choosing, changing or abandoning their religion or belief;
to promote the right either alone or in community with others, in public or private, to express or manifest a religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance, including artistic and cultural expressions of belief and enjoyment of cultural/religious heritage;
to prevent and combat discrimination, intolerance and violence on grounds of religion or belief in all its forms, whether committed by governmental or non-governmental actors. This may include violations of freedom of religion or belief deriving e.g. from traditional practices or discriminatory legislation or practices against women and girls, and/or persons belonging to minorities or other vulnerable groups;
to enhance mutual understanding and respect between individuals of different faith or none, contributing to inclusive communities and societies accepting diversity and capable of addressing potential conflicts in a peaceful manner.