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Newsletter | August 2010

GHRD gathers support at the Milan festival

GHRD participated in the three day Milan festival which was held between 30th July and 1st August at Zuiderpark in The Hague. An information stand was displayed to create more awareness about GHRD’s projects and activities in South Asia. Details’ relating to its new project was also highlighted; the production of a documentary based on trafficking of women and children in Nepal. Read more...

GHRD lectures on European Human Rights

The University of Amsterdam welcomed an Iranian delegation within the Zeytun Academic Exchange Program in mid July. They invited GHRD to conduct a lecture on the topic of how the European Union furthers human rights and democracy around the globe. Read more...

GHRD conducts a workshop at the Clingendael Institute

Between 14th – 16th July, UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation) hosted its second International Human Rights Training Programme ‘SPEAKOUT!’ at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) in The Hague.
Twenty five human rights defenders from various countries participated in the three day interactive training. GHRD’s Project Manager Ms. Anna Innocenti was invited to conduct a workshop based on the topic of: Financing Human Rights Initiatives - EU Funding. The training succeeded in challenging, teaching, and inspiring its participants to ‘Speak Out’ for human rights and apply newly acquired skills in their home countries. 

Bhutanese resettlement in the Netherlands

During July, GHRD met and interviewed several Bhutanese families who have come to the Netherlands as part of the UNHCR Resettlement programme, to learn more about their experiences with resettlement and their new lives in the Netherlands. This research, in partnership with the Dutch Refugee Council (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland), will be presented to the national and international stakeholders during an expert meeting in November 2010. Amongst one of the families that GHRD interviewed was the Mainali family. Udaya and Bhima came to the Netherlands in 2009, along with their two young daughters, and two of Udaya’s brothers. Here, they speak about their lives in Bhutan, in the Netherlands, and their hopes for the future. Read more...