PoC has provided financial and practical support to prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders for 60 years, across over 65 countries. It is a sad indictment of human rights around the world that we have to continue to exist. With your support, together we can continue to transform lives.
All over the world, people are persecuted for standing up for their and others’ human rights and beliefs. Prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders experience many forms of persecution. They may lose their jobs, be threatened, imprisoned, often in solitary confinement or tortured. Many ‘disappear’, and others are murdered. Some are able to escape or forced into exile. If they manage to flee to another country, they frequently arrive traumatised, destitute and fearful for their lives.
We strive to enable beneficiaries to live safe, independent lives through financial and practical support. Financial support: emergency hardship, family reunion and re-qualification grants at a time of greatest need. Practical support: a package of support which includes signposting for specialist services, an employability panel to improve training and employment opportunities, an on-line forum to promote integration into their new societies and referrals for therapy, legal and other needs.