Our emergency fund

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AEDH has been running an emergency fund for human rights defenders in danger since 1999.

The fund aims to protect the Human Rights Defenders and to respond rapidly to their calls for help when they are threatened or persecuted.


Jairo Mendez was a trade unionist in Colombia. He came to France with the support of the urgent fund. Now he lives in Lyon and has become both a member and a volunteer at AEDH. This is what he tells us of his involvement in the defence of workers rights in Colombia: