Human rights defenders who took part in Shelter City


Asha focuses on improving family law in Sudan, where the rights of many women are violated and Sharia law is gradually being implemented. Asha refutes the Western idea that the fight for women’s rights in North Africa is a new phenomenon. However, the fight for women’s economic and political rights suffered a serious set-back when the conservative Bashir government came to power. Asha’s struggle for equal rights for women is in opposition to the government and Islamic groups, and thus she is often met with resistance and threats. For this reason, Asha was temporarily sheltered in the Netherlands as a part of the Shelter City Initiative. During her stay in The Hague she primarily focused on putting Sudanese issues on the agenda. Most of the international attention is currently on South Sudan; however problems in Sudan and Darfur persist. The human rights defender established many new contacts and possibilities for cooperation in The Hague: with potential donors, Dutch and European politicians, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Shelter City


Shelter City: The Hague Initiative offers human rights defenders the possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape from a temporarily threatening situation. Shelter City is a last resort when shelter in the region is not possible and the safety of the human rights defender in question cannot be guaranteed. An important principle of the Shelter City Initiative is that human rights defenders continue their work, even if they are temporarily relocated.