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What is Human Rights Defenders Academy?

HRD Academy, organised by Civil Rights Defenders, is a 5-day training event that will offer young activists the opportunity to learn from experts and gain practical experience on human rights issues impacting the Western Balkans.

Where and When?

HRD Academy will take place from 22-28 November in Vršac, Serbia.
However, due to the unpredictability of developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the HRD Academy may take place in a different format, one that respects regulatory and health recommendations. Civil Rights Defenders’ team will inform the chosen participants about this decision if necessary.

For whom?

HRD Academy is intended for students, recent graduates, activists and young professionals in the field of human rights that are motivated to improve their knowledge and skills and come from the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia).

How much does it cost to take part in HRD Academy?

All costs are covered by the organizers


The applications for HRD Academy 2020 are closed.

“Human Rights Defenders Academy was an excellent opportunity for me since formal education pays attention only to theory. For the first time, I had a chance to meet in person people who actually work on human rights not only in our political system but also abroad. I have reinforced the values I believed in by the appropriate knowledge, and the expert team was always with us. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic project.”

Milica, HRD Academy