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3 Fantastic Human Rights Opportunities in 2018

OHCHR Call for Applications 2018: Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is accepting applications for projects related to the mission of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. Grants will be given in amounts of up to $25,000 US through the program. State parties from Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Gabon, Honduras, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, Ecuador, Senegal, Armenia, Tunisia, Germany, Moldova, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Romania, Sweden, Togo and Ukraine may apply for grants. Funding is also available for national human rights institutions that are found to be in line with the Paris Principles. Non-governmental organizations may also apply for the grants to fund projects that are related to putting an end to torture in one of the above countries.

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR): UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner is offering an opportunity for individuals to attend the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which will be held from April 16 to April 27, 2018, in New York City, USA. Applications are also being taken for funding to attend the 11th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 9 to July 13, 2018. To qualify, applicants must be individuals who represent indigenous peoples and would be unable to attend without the funding. Recipients will receive full funding to cover the cost of travel and accommodations during the events. The application is available on the website for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples.

Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship

The University of California, Los Angeles School of Law is currently accepting applications for the Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship available through the Sonke Gender Justice Network. The recipient of the fellowship will receive full funding to cover the cost of tuition for pursuing a Master of Laws degree at the university plus funds for living and travel experiences. In addition, the fellow will have a chance to spend one year working at the Policy Development and Advocacy unit in Cape Town, South Africa. Qualified applicants will be Africans who hold bachelor’s level law degrees. An established commitment to gender equality, health, or human rights evidenced by volunteer work, research, or work experience is also provided. Individuals who are not South African must have a valid South African work permit.

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