Human Rights Fund (HRF)

The Netherlands promotes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of every citizen. Human rights are the cornerstone of human dignity, freedom and development, and form the basis for open and free societies all over the world. There can be no democracy or rule of law if these rights are not promoted and protected. The Netherlands has a rich tradition of defending human rights, both at home and abroad. Doing so is a moral and legal obligation, besides which respect for human rights leads to a more stable and prosperous world, which also benefits the Netherlands.

The Human Rights Fund is the instrument through which the embassies support activities of local civil society organizations aimed at protecting and promoting human rights. The projects concerned contribute to the implementation of human rights obligations by which a country has already agreed to be bound, or to the dialogue about human rights in a country. In allocating funds, consideration is given to the seriousness of the human rights situation in relation to the Netherlands’ human rights priorities and the likely effectiveness of the intended activities.

The priority themes for Serbia and Montenegro are: freedom of expression, equal rights for LGBTI and gender equality.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Contact person: Aleksandra Kalinić, Policy Officer for Assistance Programs

E-mail: bel-os@minbuza.nl

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Milentija Popovića 5b
11000 Belgrade
Serbia

Tel: +381 11 2023 900