Human Rights

IREX Europe works to promote fundamental rights in closed societies. We work with Human Rights Defenders to strengthen their capacity in the field, to strengthen local and international networking and to provide emergency support and legal support to victims of repression.

Our work in this area includes:

  • Training campaigners and human rights organisations, including workshops in law, advocacy, internet marketing and new technologies.
  • Providing digital and/or physical protection and assistance to human rights organisations
  • Supporting artistic and cultural events to promote human rights
  • Travel funds to allow human rights defenders to attend events and training
  • Creating an online legal resource for human rights lawyers and paralegals and providing rapid-response training
  • Emergency funds to provide legal, financial or material aid to people are at risk, facing unfair detention or prosecution.
  • National and international campaigning on media freedom cases before the ECHR
  • Assisting youth and community leaders at a grassroots level to strengthen community ties and facilitate dialogue, including in post-conflict zones.
  • Running workshops to bringing citizens and marginalized groups into peace and community building processes

 

 
 
Somaliland:  Interactive Theatre for Peace Somaliland: Interactive Theatre for Peace IREX Europe will continue work with its Hargeisa-based partner Kow Media Corporation to promote peaceful dialogue on community issues. The project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, targets 48 Somali communities in the 6 regions of Somaliland utilising Drama for Conflict Transformation methodologies. IREX Europe and its partners have successfully implemented the methodology with Somali communities in Kenya, in Indonesia and in Central Asia.
Lebanon:  Youth Community Empowerment Program Lebanon: Youth Community Empowerment Program The IREX Europe Youth Community Empowerment Program, funded by Global Opportunities Fund of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, is a targeted intervention to address the causes of radicalization among young people in Lebanon.
Kenya: Learning theatre to promote peace and understanding among Somali communities Kenya: Learning theatre to promote peace and understanding among Somali communities IREX Europe, in partnership with the Kenyan-based NGO Somali Aid Foundation (SAF), is implementing a project aimed at disenfranchised youth which uses theatre as a vehicle for youth to express their views and frustrations on key issues including poverty, lack of access to education and gender issues, among others. The project targets the Somali youth population in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh and in the refugee camp of Hagadera.
Somaliland: Theatre to promote peace and understanding Somaliland: Theatre to promote peace and understanding IREX Europe ran a series of drama-based activities across Somaliland to promote peaceful co-existence. Working with partner Kow Media Corporation from Hargeisa, a drama team travelled through six regions in Somaliland exploring tribalism, radicalisation, community tensions and other drivers of conflict in the region. Following each show, the theatre troupe organised sessions using traditional spontaneous poetry blended with modern discussion techniques to promote critical thinking about Somaliland’s challenges.
Mobile Documentary Cinema on Democracy and Islam in Bangladesh
Bangladesh : Mobile Documentary Cinema on Democracy and Islam Bangladesh : Mobile Documentary Cinema on Democracy and Islam IREX Europe Mobile Documentary Cinema on Democracy and Islam in Bangladesh project produced a documentary video looking at key issues confronting youth in the country. The video was then be circulated to villages to spur discussion.