Training on human rights at international borders osce odihr



Training on human rights at international borders by OSCE ODIHR on Human rights principles, monitoring, safety and security for human rights defenders working at international borders in Central and Eastern Europe
14 – 18 November 2022, Poland

Open to: human rights defenders from Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is inviting applications from human rights defenders working on human rights at international borders in Central and Eastern Europe for a five-day training in Poland on 14 – 18 November 2022.



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


The training venue will be a hotel located outside Warsaw within a 1-hour drive from Warsaw Chopin Airport.

The size of the group will be limited to 23 participants, 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, 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.



IMPORTANT: If you have advanced knowledge and skills in human rights monitoring and reporting and digital security, we encourage you NOT to apply. The training is designed for human
rights defenders with limited experience in this area.

Deadline for submissions: 11 September 2022

Applicants should fill in this application form

and upload their CV (PDF or DOC). 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;; and

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