October 1, 2017 - October 6, 2017
The 15th International Human Rights Colloquium invites members of non-governmental organizations, activists from different movements, and agents of social transformation for a collective reflection on our role in the current and defiant global context, which has severely threatened rights and freedoms.
The 15th International Human Rights Colloquium invites members of non-governmental organizations, activists from different movements, and agents of social transformation for a collective reflection on our role in the current and defiant global context, which has severely threatened rights and freedoms. In addition to facilitating the sharing of how we have resisted setbacks throughout the world, the 15th Colloquium also seeks to serve as a space to rethink the strategies adopted by the human rights movement and expand our alliances to face the challenges imposed by this conservative wave.
The 15th Colloquium is organized by Forum Asia (Thailand), the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (South Africa), Dejusticia (Colombia), and Conectas Human Rights (Brazil). It will be held in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Applicants from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, particularly with experience in human rights, specifically in relation to the theme of the 15th Colloquium are especially encouraged to apply. Applications from activists and members of other social transformation groups and movements are also welcome.
Applicants can request full or partial financial support through the application form. The decision whether support can be granted or not will be taken after the Selection Committee analysis.
In order to enable the full participation of parents and caretakers during the Colloquium, especially of women who would otherwise be impeded from attending the event, childcare services will be provided upon request by the participant and subject to availability.
About the Colloquium
The Colloquium, whose origin forms part of the creation of Conectas Human Rights itself, has been held since 2001. It has gathered over 1,600 participants from 85 countries. It is one of the most expected human rights events of the world.
In 2015 the Colloquium began to be prepared and organized in partnership with other organizations from the Global South and held every two years, in a continuous effort to better embrace the diversity of perspectives of Global South countries.
Its main objective is to promote the integration and the exchange among human rights activists from the Global South through the socialization of knowledge and practices that are capable of advancing the human rights agenda. In 2017, the Colloquium will seek to increase the participation of activists from other movements and agents of social transformation, in an effort to diversify the alliances of the human rights movement and to rethink collective strategies.
Conectas Human Rights is an international non-governmental organization based in São Paulo, Brazil that promotes the implementation and the enhancement of human rights, and combats inequality to build a fair, free and democratic society from a Global South perspective.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a membership-based Human Rights and Development organization working with members and partners in twenty five countries of Asia. FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organizations and defenders in Asia and beyond.
The Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) is a Colombia-based non-governmental organization working on strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights in Colombia and across the Global South. It is a think/do tank that produces rigorous research that can contribute to action for social change and carries out direct advocacy through campaigns, litigation, education and capacity-building.
The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of all people, and in particular disadvantaged and marginalised groups, across Africa.
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
Open Society Foundation (OSF)