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Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) – a protection programme for Human Rights Defenders at risk


The Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) is a new initiative, founded by the German Federal Foreign Office, in the protection of Human Rights Defenders.

The program offers temporary relocation grants and on-site assistance or those who, because of their peaceful commitment to human rights, are being threatened by physical and psychological violence, arrest, occupational bans and even murder.

Defenders with an interest to apply can do it directly via the general ESI e-mail address, or they can also approach German missions in the relevant countries.

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