Human rights defenders are courageous people who are fighting for protection of human rights and thus for the better world. However, they are usually facing risks, life threats and need protection, funds and shelters to carry on their activities. Human rights defenders are journalists, photojournalists, lawyers, artists, LGBT+ rights defenders, women rights defenders, writers and researchers who are thinking about others. Now it is our turn to think about them and help. Our database collected from the open sources contains different kinds of initiatives for activists in danger. With this information combined from the world and local organisations we are proud to present the most updated database for activist from the EU, Russia and post-Soviet countries.
In case if some initiatives are unavailable or some detailed information is needed, please contact the Solidarity Group’s coordinator at the Secretariat Daria Bykova at
Together we are stronger/Solidarity is stronger than repression.

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Banff Centre for Art and Creativity

The Investigative Journalism Intensive program teaches nonfiction writers and journalists to use investigative research techniques as they create compelling narratives.

20 Jan 2021


FemDacha is a supportive guest space for women rights defenders and activists experiencing burnout.


Aidsfonds believes in local community solutions. People in the community know what does and doesn’t work in practice and are aware of the needs, sensitivities and challenges. Aidsfonds works closely with those that are most vulnerable to HIV and other STIs and most affected by stigma and discrimination. It is essential that education, testing, treatment and healthcare are accessible to everyone, people should feel encouraged and free to use these services.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation

The foundation is a Not-for-Profit Organization organized under the laws of the State of New York is committed to positive social discourse in underrepresented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging and established photographers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised.

Voice Project

The Voice Project’s goal is to be on the front lines defending those who use their voice to speak out.

UNICORN – Artists in Solidarity

UNICORN – Artists in Solidarity, is a network initiated by artists and cultural workers based in Malmö. UNICORN is developing a residency programme in cooperation with Inter Arts Center with the aim to give refuge to artists at risk. All over the world artists are put under pressure, and their possibilities to work are being systematically undercut by governments and other oppressing structures.

Vermont Studio Center

Vermont Studio Center is an organization that by its very existence communicates that art is an expression of spirit through form, and that the arts and their creation are sacred, timeless trusts.

Viesulas Estate

There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history, and they are on the move in numbers not seen since Viesulas left his native Lithuania in World War II. Viesulas’ art reminds us of the human aspirations of independence and freedom of expression.

Villa Decius Association

Following the initiative of the Villa Decius Association, the Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2002-2003) was established in the year 2003 with an aim to promote human rights, democracy and tolerance and had its first edition already in 2004.

The Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators. At each fully autonomous chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given up front in cash, check, or gold doubloons.