Other countries

In addition to KIOS’ focus countries, KIOS supports selected projects in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia and Pakistan. These countries were KIOS’ focus countries during the strategic period from 2011 to 2015. In addition, Tibetan civil society organizations in exile are supported in Asia. Currently KIOS supports projects that are considered to be of particular relevance and are carried out by KIOS’ long term partners. KIOS does not accept new project proposals from these countries, unless otherwise specified.

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, KIOS has supported projects improving the rights of human rights defenders, women, Dalits and Hijras. KIOS has for a long time supported a well-known human rights organization, Odhikar.  The human rights situation has deteriorated in Bangladesh throughout the past years, and especially after Parliamentary elections in 2014. Restrictions on freedom of expression, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and killings, violence against women, as well as the insufficient rights of minorities and vulnerable groups are among the most severe human rights problems.

Burundi

Recently KIOS’ support in Burundi has been distributed to projects improving the rights of prisoners and the rights of women. Furthermore, KIOS has supported East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project EHAHRDP’s project aiming at strengthening the human rights coalition in Burundi. Human rights violations have increased in Burundi in the past years. The opposition, civil society actors, journalists and human rights defenders face continuous harassment by the regime. The freedom of expression has diminished, and political violence, arbitrary arrests, disappearances and torture have increased.

Ethiopia

In recent years, the development and economic growth of Ethiopia has been rapid. However, human rights are not fully realized: Ethiopia has restricted the fulfillment of civil and political rights and is continuously using anti-terrorism law to suppress opposition and journalists. Due to current circumstances, KIOS has concentrated on funding NGOs, which are allowed to receive foreign funding under the current legislation; therefore, the support has focused on economic and social rights, and women’s rights.

Pakistan

KIOS’ support in Pakistan has focused on women’s rights, rights of the child, democratic rights, and human rights defenders’ rights. The overall situation in Pakistan is unstable: weak state, political turbulence, radicalization, intolerance and lack of security are reflected directly on the human rights situation, and particularly on the situation of human rights defenders. In addition, religious violence, and violence against minorities and women remain serious human rights challenges.

Tibetan organizations in exile

KIOS has supported Tibetan organizations in exile. The organizations have provided human rights education and improved the rights of women among the refugee communities. KIOS also welcomes new project proposals from the Tibetan civil society organizations in exile. Throughout the past years China has continued to tighten its control over Tibet further restricting Tibetans’ fundamental and human rights. Especially restrictions on freedom of expression and religion, as well as forced evictions of nomads, are among the most severe challenges in regard to the realization of human rights.

 


Other countries

  • Active period: 2003–2019
  • Total funding: 2,328,198 €
  • Total projects: 60

Related organisations

  • Dastak Charitable Trust
  • Atrocities Watch
  • Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)
  • Association des Femmes juristes du Burundi
  • Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues APRODH
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell
  • LOSAUK
  • Odhikar

Projects (60)

  • Burundi Uganda
  • 2018–2019
  • Refugee Law Project

Indentification, Documentation and Support to Burundian Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

69,600 €
  • Burundi
  • 2017–2019
  • Association des Femmes juristes du Burundi

Projet d’assistance intégrée des victimes des violences basées sur le genre

38,900 €
  • Bangladesh Regional projects
  • 2017–2018
  • Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)

Securing an enabling environment for Rohingya human rights defenders in Bangladesh: Supporting and protecting a vulnerable group, endangered minority and women, at the local, national, regional and international levels

95,800 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2016–2017
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Risk Assessment and Capacity Building of Women Human Rights Defenders (extension)

37,800 €
  • Burundi
  • 2016–2017
  • Association des Femmes juristes du Burundi

Projet d’assistance juridique des victimes des violences basées sur le genre

31,400 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2016–2017
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell

AGHS Child Rights Unit

59,800 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2015–2017
  • LOSAUK

Campaign Social and Legal Rights of Transgender Community (CSLRTC)

56,500 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2015–2016
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Risk Assessment and Capacity Building of Women Human Rights Defenders (Pilot Project)

58,700 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2014–2015
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Risk Assessment and Capacity Building of Women Human Rights Defenders (Pilot Project)

53,000 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2014–2016
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell

AGHS Child Rights Unit

54,400 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2014–2016
  • Blue Veins (Women Welfare & Relief Services)

Collective Action for the Safety and Wellbeing of Human Rights Defenders

55,800 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2013–2015
  • Rights Jessore

Reducing Human Trafficking from the Project Working Communities and Supporting Trafficking Survivors to Restore their Lives

52,100 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2013–2015
  • LOSAUK

Promote the Citizen Rights of Transgender (Hijra) Community (PCRTC)

49,300 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2013–2016
  • Protecting Human Rights and Education in Bangladesh

Youth Action for Human Rights Project

50,700 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2013
  • Centre for Governance and Public Accountability

Advocacy Campaign for Right to Information Law in Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) Province of Pakistan

13,100 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2013–2014
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell

AGHS Child Rights Unit

55,300 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2013–2014
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Human Rights Education through Monthly Magazine Naw-e-Insaan Urdu & Sindhi (Extension)

24,700 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2013–2014
  • Blue Veins (Women Welfare & Relief Services)

Defending the Defenders

53,100 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2013–2014
  • SAHARA Development Foundation

Democratic and Civic Rights Education Program – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (DACREP-KP)

34,000 €
  • Burundi
  • 2013–2016
  • Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture

L’ACAT Burundi au service des personnes privées de liberté

44,100 €
  • Burundi
  • 2013–2016
  • Association des Femmes juristes du Burundi

Projet d’assistance juridique des victimes des violences basées sur le genre

52,100 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2013–2015
  • Nurture Education and Development

Capacity Building & Education Pastoralist Community in Kebribeyah District of Somali Regional State

41,100 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2012–2015
  • Odhikar

Empowering Women as Community Human Rights Defenders

61,800 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2012–2015
  • Self-Help Association for Rural people through Education and Entrepreneurship

Improving Access to justice of Dalit Community through Human Rights Education

49,100 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2012–2016
  • PARITTRAN

Pilot Project on Strengthening Dalits Human Rights Movement to Recognition and Establishment on the Human Rights at Bangladesh

24,900 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2012–2013
  • AGHS Legal Aid Cell

AGHS Child Rights Unit

46,800 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2012–2013
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Human Rights Education through Monthly Magazine Naw-e-Insaan Urdu & Sindhi (Extension)

48,900 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2012–2014
  • Aware Girls

Addressing Violence Against Women using ICTs

15,700 €
  • Burundi
  • 2012–2014
  • Unissons-Nous Pour la Promotion des Batwa

Contribution à la Promotion de l’Education aux Droits Humains de la Population Autochtone Batwa du Burundi

23,000 €
  • Burundi
  • 2012–2013
  • Association des Femmes juristes du Burundi

Projet d’assistance des victimes des violences basées sur le genre

24,800 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2011–2013
  • Rights Jessore

Awareness raising campaign to facilitate safe migration and reduce trafficking in persons

23,900 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2011–2013
  • Protecting Human Rights and Education in Bangladesh

Youth Action for Women’s Human Rights in Bangladesh

24,600 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2011–2013
  • LOSAUK

Enhance human rights information and education to decrease discriminatory notion towards transgender community (hijra) in greater Khulna for exercising their citizen rights

16,700 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2011–2013
  • SAHARA Development Foundation

Democratic and Civic Rigths Education Program II

45,000 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2011–2012
  • Harmony

Women Workers Rights Campaign – Follow-up

9,900 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2011–2013
  • Blue Veins (Women Welfare & Relief Services)

From Fear to Safety; Harassment Response and Awareness

46,600 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2011–2014
  • Pattan Development Organisation

To increase role and participation of women in political and electoral processes

49,900 €
  • Burundi
  • 2011–2013
  • Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture

L’Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture Burundi au service des personnes privées de liberté

34,300 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2010–2012
  • Self-Help Association for Rural people through Education and Entrepreneurship

Improving Access to Justice of Dalit Community through Human and Women Rights Education

26,500 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2010–2013
  • Odhikar

Promotion of Human Rights in Bangladesh through Documentation, Fact-Finding and Advocacy

29,200 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2010–2011
  • Blue Veins (Women Welfare & Relief Services)

Building Capacity of NGOs on UN Human Rights Mechanism

46,900 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2010–2012
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Promoting the Understanding of Human Rights Framework through Monthly Magazine in Urdu & Sindhi

80,600 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2010–2011
  • SAHARA Development Foundation

Democratic and Civic Rights Education Program

13,400 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2010–2011
  • Organization for Development and Peace

Empowering Civil Society Organizations to Eliminate Human Rights Violations

21,500 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2010–2011
  • Alliance for Poverty Eradication and Development

Customary Law on Women Access to Land Ownership and Inheritance Among the Koniso and Derashe Special Woredas

29,300 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2009–2013
  • Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Center

Planting the Seeds of Change

24,400 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2009–2011
  • Aurat Association

Reduction of Corporal Punishment

17,500 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2009–2010
  • Democratic Commission for Human Development

Promoting the Understanding of Human Rights Framework through Monthly Magazine in Urdu & Sindhi

32,800 €
  • Burundi
  • 2009–2011
  • Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture

L’ACAT Burundi au service des personnes privées de liberté

15,200 €
  • Burundi
  • 2009–2011
  • Nturengaho

Appui au plaidoyer pour la promotion des droits des victimes et des enfants issus de violences sexuelles en particulier

10,700 €
  • Burundi
  • 2009–2011
  • Unissons-Nous Pour la Promotion des Batwa

Enquête d’identification des Batwa ne possédant pas la Carte Nationale d’Identité dans les provinces de Cibitoke et Karuzi

21,100 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2009–2010
  • Alliance for Poverty Eradication and Development

Training on awareness raising and exercising human and democratic rights

26,000 €
  • Bangladesh
  • 2008–2009
  • Fair Election Monitoring Alliance

Election Observation 2008

29,900 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2008–2009
  • Human Development Promotion Group

Awareness on Violence Against Women in District Charsadda

15,100 €
  • Pakistan
  • 2008–2009
  • Civil Awareness Promotion Society

Protection of Womens Rights through Community Activism

10,000 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2008–2009
  • Ethiopian Human Rights and Civic Education Promotion Association

Girls Human Rights Violation Reduction Program through Early Marriage Prevention, Monitoring and Victims Support Project in Ensaro District, North Shewa Zone, Amhara National Regional State

19,500 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2008–2011
  • Bright Africa Youth Association

Respect of Human Right and Building of the Strong Democratic Institutions is a ground for Development and Sustainability

10,300 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2008–2010
  • Council for Democracy and Human Rights Association

Capacity Building Training Program for Member CBOs on Women’s Rights

27,300 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2008–2010
  • Ethiopia Association of Human Rights

Promoting the State and Private Media’s Role in the Advancement of Human Rights with a Specific Focus on Women and Children Rights

15,400 €
  • Ethiopia
  • 2003–2006
  • Justice Africa

Civil Society Advocacy Group on HIV/AIDS and Governance

13,000 €

News (22)

Working for women’s rights and equality in Burundi
  • 8 Mar 2018
  • News
  • Burundi

Working for women’s rights and equality in Burundi

The societies in Muyinga province, in north-eastern Burundi are rather patriarchal. Women are often economically inferior to men. The women …

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work
  • 26 Feb 2018
  • News
  • Bangladesh

KIOS 20 years – celebrating the achievements and the unyielding nature of human rights work

KIOS partner LOSAUK in the spotlight. Our eyes – our movement: Challenges and achievements of LOSAUK and the hijra, transgender, …

Ms. Hina Jilani, internationally well-known Pakistani human rights lawyer and co-founder of KIOS partner organization AGHS Legal Aid Cell, elected as new president of OMCT
  • 14 Dec 2016
  • News
  • Pakistan

Ms. Hina Jilani, internationally well-known Pakistani human rights lawyer and co-founder of KIOS partner organization AGHS Legal Aid Cell, elected as new president of OMCT

Award winning and widely respected human rights defender Ms. Hina Jilani was elected as the new president of the World …

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus
  • 24 Nov 2016
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Other countries
  • Regional projects

Ilman ihmisoikeuksia ei ole kehitystä – KIOSin teoksen julkistamistilaisuus

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First report assessing risks faced by women human rights defenders published in Pakistan.
  • 11 Nov 2016
  • News
  • Pakistan

First report assessing risks faced by women human rights defenders published in Pakistan.

Human rights organization DCHD in Pakistan has made a research, funded by KIOS foundation, which shows that women human rights …

The work of five Burundian human rights organizations has been suspended – Government of Burundi is withdrawing from its human rights obligations
  • 25 Oct 2016
  • News
  • Burundi

The work of five Burundian human rights organizations has been suspended – Government of Burundi is withdrawing from its human rights obligations

The Government of Burundi has suspended the work of five Burundian organizations. The ordinance was signed by the Interior Ministry …

Keskustelutilaisuus: Ihmisoikeudet Filippiineillä, Bangladeshissa ja Tiibetissä
  • 17 Oct 2016
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Other countries
  • Tibet

Keskustelutilaisuus: Ihmisoikeudet Filippiineillä, Bangladeshissa ja Tiibetissä

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Harassment by Bangladesh Authorities against Odhikar Continues
  • 20 Jun 2016
  • News
  • Bangladesh

Harassment by Bangladesh Authorities against Odhikar Continues

A key human rights NGO, Odhikar, was subject to accusations of money laundering by the authorities of Bangladesh. The NGO …

One Year of Violence in Burundi – Last Week to Support KIOS’ Crowdfunding Campaign
  • 3 May 2016
  • News
  • Burundi

One Year of Violence in Burundi – Last Week to Support KIOS’ Crowdfunding Campaign

Burundi has undergone a year of violent crisis. So far no end have been seen for grave human rights violations. …

KIOS is Raising Awareness and Crowd-funding for Burundi
  • 14 Mar 2016
  • News
  • Burundi

KIOS is Raising Awareness and Crowd-funding for Burundi

Burundi is in danger of facing another civil war. The crisis began as the country’s president clung on power. KIOS’ …

Burundi Government Suspending Central Human Rights NGOs
  • 27 Nov 2015
  • News
  • Burundi

Burundi Government Suspending Central Human Rights NGOs

The government of Burundi has suspended the activities of ten non-governmental organizations in the country, including six major human rights …

Burundi’s Crisis Alarming
  • 10 Nov 2015
  • News
  • Burundi

Burundi’s Crisis Alarming

Burundi has fallen into a domestic political chaos over the past year after the current President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his …

Maailma.net: Bangladeshi Human Rights Defender Pleads EU for Action
  • 7 Oct 2015
  • News
  • Bangladesh

Maailma.net: Bangladeshi Human Rights Defender Pleads EU for Action

Maailma.net writes about the challenges of human rights defenders, interviewing bangladeshi human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan. Read the story …

Support to Human Rights NGOs Declining – The Work and Security of Activists is at Risk
  • 2 Oct 2015
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tibet
  • Uganda

Support to Human Rights NGOs Declining – The Work and Security of Activists is at Risk

KIOS organized an international seminar on cooperation and protection of human rights defenders on 29th September 2015. During the event …

  • 14 Nov 2014
  • News
  • Burundi

Human Rights Situation in Burundi Reviewed by United Nations Commission on Human Rights

United Nations Commission on Human Rights is evaluating Burundi’s situation in regard of civil and political rights. Burundi is one …

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Adilur Rahman Khan
  • 29 Jul 2014
  • News
  • Bangladesh

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Adilur Rahman Khan

KIOS is happy to share the news that Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading human rights lawyer from Bangladesh, has …

  • 1 Aug 2011
  • News
  • Pakistan

Blue Veins Increases Security on the World’s most Unstable Area

Securing the security of human rights defenders is one of the biggest challenges of human rights work. The work of human rights defenders has always been challenging in Pakistan, but recently the situation has deteriorated.

Conflicting Women’s Rights – Human Rights Framework to Women’s Role in Post Conflict Countries
  • 11 Nov 2009
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Kenya
  • Pakistan
  • Uganda

Conflicting Women’s Rights – Human Rights Framework to Women’s Role in Post Conflict Countries

If we want issues of human rights violations and impunity to remain on the agenda of international diplomacy, civil society needs to highlight these issues continuously, was the conclusion of the seminar organized by KIOS on 10-11 November 2009 in Helsinki.

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
  • 11 Jun 2009
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda

Follow-up and assessment mission to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi

KIOS Director Elisa Mikkola and Project Coordinator Sari Naskinen visited Kenya and Uganda 17 – 25 April 2009. Both countries belong to the geographical focus area of KIOS, and are among the biggest project countries for KIOS.

  • 9 Jan 2009
  • News
  • Nepal
  • Tibet

Follow-up and assessment mission to India and Nepal

Project Coordinators Kristiina Vainio and Ylva Sjöblom from KIOS visited India and Nepal from 22 November to 11 December 2008.

  • 26 May 2008
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Uganda

Follow-up and assessment mission to Uganda and Ethiopia

Executive Director Ms. Elisa Mikkola and Project coordinator Ms. Sari Naskinen from KIOS visited Uganda and Ethiopia for two weeks in April-May 2008.

  • 5 Nov 2007
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda

Assessment mission to Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo

KIOS Director Elisa Mikkola and Project Coordinator Sari Naskinen visited Rwanda, Burundi and DRC 9-21 October 2007.