Shelter City Tour
in Zwolle from 24 June to 24 July, 2022
Outdoor photo exhibition of human rights defenders
Honduras provides little to no protection for journalists and human rights defenders. They suffer from threats, harassment, and brutal acts of violence. But that will not stop me from continuing to fight against the countless human rights abuses committed in my country.
The military coup in Thailand in 2014 caused many, including myself, to become victims of the repressive government. Today, I continue to advocate for political and civil rights in my country by monitoring and reporting human rights violations and working on building a movement with youth and networking groups across the country.
In Nigeria, you constantly have to worry about what you do, with who you are, what time you go out, what time you return. Despite the difficulties and challenges that I have faced, as a young women’s rights defender and LGBTI activist, I fearlessly defend and stand up for the LGBTI community through my work.
As someone who advocates for LGBTI+ rights, my colleagues and I are often targeted for our work. Yet, despite the difficulties we face, I believe there is hope, even if we're struggling in Zimbabwe at this moment, there is hope because countries like the Netherlands have done it.
The prison system in Pakistan is filled with human rights abuses. I, myself, was unjustly detained for ten years in prison without fair trial, even though I was innocent. I almost lost hope, but the love I had around me encouraged me to keep going.
When I am walking in Utrecht, even in dark alleyways, I don’t feel uncomfortable or unsafe. This is a huge contrast to my home in Mexico. In my hometown, there has not been one single day in my life where I have felt completely safe. We always need to be careful.
The portraits in this exhibition are made by Dutch photographer, Daniella van Bergen. Daniella has worked with human rights defenders in Shelter City and with Justice & Peace for the last 7 years. Through her vibrant and powerful portraits, Daniella hopes to amplify the voices and the very human stories of those she portrays.
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This exhibition was created by the students of Windesheim Honors College and the Municipality of Zwolle, in collaboration with Justice & Peace Netherlands and Daniella van Bergen and with the support of the National Postcode Lottery. The current exhibition in The Hague is a collaboration with Justice & Peace, the municipality of The Hague, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.