Open Call for human rights defenders to the "BY_Rehab" program

BY_Rehab program announce an open call for human rights defenders from Belarus to apply for participation in the next enrollment of the BY_Rehab program.

The BY_Rehab program is aimed at temporal relocation to a safe place in Georgia, and creating conditions for the professional development and psychological recovery of human rights defenders. It is also designed to reduce risks and help human rights defenders leave an unsafe environment for a while. The program is designed to provide a 3-month relocation, with the main focus on medical and psychological rehabilitation in regards to issues that arose from and during the August 2020 protest actions and its aftermath. During the program, the human rights defender is provided with accommodation in a safe place, per diems, receives opportunities for education and skill development, acquiring new professional contacts, and if necessary, he or she is provided with psychological and medical assistance.

In particular, the program includes the following components:

Training: security, advocacy, project writing, international instruments for the protection of human rights, etc.

Public speeches, interviews, communication with colleagues from other countries of the region and EU countries;

Who can participate in the program:

Applications are accepted from human rights defenders in the broad sense of the term (including civic activists, employees of nonprofit organizations, lawyers, journalists, cultural figures, researchers and teachers whose professional activities are related to human rights).

The participation of the human rights defenders should help to overcome their risks, safety related issues and / or to prevent burnout and injury.

The human rights defender has to live and work in Belarus.

The human rights defender should be ready and willing to participate in all educational activities provided for by the program.

The human rights defender should be ready and willing to participate in the three-month program on their own. Only in exceptional cases, it is possible to participate together with the closest family members.

How to participate:

To take part in the application process, which begins on 17.12.2021, fill out the application form below and send it to by 15.01.2022. Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered. For more information, contact: Only selected candidates will be informed by 01.02.2022. Although we plan to welcome selected candidates at the end of February, this is subject to change due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions.

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