Human rights defenders (HRDs) are courageous people who are fighting for protection of human rights and thus for the better world. This database is an initiative of the Forum Solidarity Task Force and it contains information collected from open sources on different types of initiatives for the HRDs including journalists, artists, lawyers and researchers. The majority of assistance programmes in this database are designed for the HRDs from Russia, the EU and the countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Independent States.
If some resources are no longer available or you need help in navigating the database, please contact us at: solidarity-eu-russia-csf(at)

Here is the Guidelines for navigating the database

  • Target group

  • Type of assistance

  • Language

  • Country of origin

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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


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

Established in 2010, the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation aims to encourage committed artists whose gaze challenges us to develop a new vision of the world.

Voice Project

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

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

The Viesulas Estate works to preserve and protect Viesulas’artistic legacy, and foster knowledge of and appreciation for his art through exhibits, scholarly research and artistic initiatives. 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.

University of Dundee

The Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship was established in 2018 to support those at risk for their work in protecting human rights around the world. The Fellowship was an initiative of the Scottish Government and was developed in collaboration with the University of Dundee.

Martin Roth-Initiative

The Martin Roth-Initiative protects artists who are committed in their home country to the freedom of art, democracy and human rights by enabling temporary residence in Germany or third countries for the purpose of protecting those who are being persecuted.

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