Call applications for the Training for human rights defenders in Poland

WHEN: 14 November 2022 (All day) - 18 November 2022 (All day)

WHERE: Poland

ORGANIZED: BY The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)


The five-day training covers key human rights principles and the monitoring cycle at international borders and beyond as well as safety and security of human rights defenders, including digital security and safe management of information. The objective of the training is to enable human rights defenders from the Central and Eastern Europe region to carry out quality and objective human rights monitoring activities in a safe and secure manner while considering relevant gender, ethnicity and vulnerability aspects. 


The training is based on interactive learning methods and requires a high level of active participation by all participants. It is conducted in English by experienced trainers with proven gender and cultural sensitivity. Training materials, travel costs and full board accommodation are covered by ODIHR. 


The participants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Operating in one of the following OSCE participating States: Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine;
  • Proven experience and motivation to carry out human rights-related activities in the migration and refugee context;
  • Relevance of the training for applicants’ future human rights activities in the region;
  • Ability to actively participate in English;
  • Availability to attend the training for its full duration;
  • Priority will be given to members of civil society organizations, including Roma and Sinti activists and the media (one person per organization), who will demonstrate the capacity to share the training knowledge with colleagues.

The OSCE/ODIHR recognizes as a human rights defender any person promoting and striving for the realization of human rights regardless of profession, age or other status. Human rights defenders carry out their human rights activities individually or jointly with others, as part of an informal group or as a non-governmental organization, and act in a voluntary capacity or professionally. The key characteristic that defines human rights defenders is not who they are, but what they do and the principles they stand for.

The training is designed for human rights defenders with limited experience in human rights monitoring, reporting and digital security.


Applicants should fill in this application form  and upload their CV (PDF or DOC) by 11 September. ODIHR will strive to ensure a geographical and gender balance among participants. Only successful candidates will be informed about the outcome of the selection process by 19 September 2022.


If you have any questions about the content of the training or the selection procedure, please contact Alice.Szczepanikova@odihr.plStephanie.Hilck@odihr.plNatalia.Duminica@odihr.pland