XI International Human Rights Colloquium, Brazil

Deadline: 7 August 2011
Open to: Young human rights activists
Funding: A limited number of scholarships is available

The International Human Rights Colloquium is a capacity-building and peer-learning conference convened in  São Paulo for a week each year. Its main objective is to strengthen the individual and collective impact of human rights activists in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and to encourage them to take on a growing role in the promotion of human rights.

The annual event, created in São Paulo in 2001, has been a training and networking opportunity for human rights activists and scholars. In the past, it has taken place wholly in three languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) and for the first time this year, it will also be held in French. The gatherings facilitate a dialogue between different work agendas of the human rights movement and, as of today, have brought together over 600 activists and scholars from 53 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and since last year, Eastern Europe.


Young human rights activists from the Global South with at least two years of work experience in the field will be selected. Given the central theme of the XI Colloquium, application of human rights activists who have experience in working to implement international and regional recommendations at the national level, or are interested in expanding their work in these fields are encouraged.

Criteria such as race, gender, regional origin, and socioeconomic background will be taken into consideration.


A limited number of scholarships (full and partial) will be granted to applicants who cannot cover the expenses of participation. Applicants who wish to be considered for these scholarships should indicate the category to which they wish to apply in the appropriate field of the application form.


List of documents necessary for application: 

Before beginning to fill out the application form, the applicant should verify having all of the required information and documents that must be attached:

1. Application Form (verify that you have all of the information required)
2. Letter of Recommendation (in PDF format, on the organization’s letterhead, and with the author’s signature)
3. Letter of Support from your organization (in PDF format, on the organization’s letterhead, and with the author’s signature)
4. Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (1 page)
5. Writing sample regarding human rights experience and knowledge (maximum 2 pages. See the specific questions in the application form.)

Documents that exceed the required page limit will not be accepted.


You should complete the application form and attach the files to the form itself. Please ensure that you have all the necessary information on hand before completing the application.


If, for some reason, the applicant has a poor internet connection and prefers to register offline, the applicant should send an e-mail to form.coloquio@conectas, requesting an offline application form.

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