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Human rights are the foundation of sustainable peace and development. We support the human rights work of civil society in East Africa and South Asia.

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Guest writer Maina Kiai: Nordic countries must lead in expanding civic space
  • 3 Dec 2019
  • News

Guest writer Maina Kiai: Nordic countries must lead in expanding civic space

Civic space consists of the social rules that allow people to communicate and organise freely. A large civic space is …
Music that Brought Solace to Troubled Minds: A Gift for Children in Prison
  • 20 Nov 2019
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  • Pakistan

Music that Brought Solace to Troubled Minds: A Gift for Children in Prison

In Pakistan, the children in prisons are a forgotten population. One day the Child Rights Unit (CRU) of the Dastak Charitable Trust decided to do something that had never been done in any prison in Pakistan: to bring a popular band to play for the children in prison.
Abilis, KIOS and Siemenpuu are looking for program evaluators
  • 25 Oct 2019
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Abilis, KIOS and Siemenpuu are looking for program evaluators

Abilis, KIOS and Siemenpuu are looking for program evaluators for a joint foundation evaluation. The evaluation will feed into the …
Guest writer Mary Lawlor: Human rights defenders are agents of social change
  • 18 Sep 2019
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Guest writer Mary Lawlor: Human rights defenders are agents of social change

Since the 1970s, the human rights situation has improved in many countries, but not everywhere. Every country has its own …
Countering risks and threats to women human rights defenders in Pakistan
  • 10 Sep 2019
  • News
  • Pakistan

Countering risks and threats to women human rights defenders in Pakistan

In Pakistan, all human rights defenders face severe risks, but women human rights defenders even more so. They need security …
Women human rights defenders in Helsinki: “Stand by us”
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Women human rights defenders in Helsinki: “Stand by us”

Joukko naisihmisoikeuspuolustajia eri puolilta maailmaa vieraili Helsingissä elokuun lopulla kertomassa kohtaamastaan vainosta, häirinnästä ja uhkailusta ja siitä, miten Suomi ja EU voisivat tukea ihmisoikeuspuolustajia tehokkaammin.

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Where we work

What Human Rights Work?

Human rights are indivisible, which means they are all equally important. Women’s rights, the rights of vulnerable groups and access to justice are themes regularly in the center of our partners’ work.


Women's Rights and Gender Equality

The work for women’s rights has been on-going for decades locally, regionally and globally. Despite…

Rights of Vulnerable Groups

Vulnerable group refers to groups of people in a more vulnerable position than an average…

Access to Justice

Access to justice means the ability to seek and obtain a remedy for the violations…


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