OHCHR Call for Applications to the Special Fund

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is accepting project applications for its call for applications to the Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture 2011-2012. The project applications should aim at implementing recommendations made by the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) after a visit to a State party.

Eligible applicants include State Parties who requested the SPT to publish their country visit reports and National Preventive Mechanisms.

In addition, applications may be submitted as well by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), if fully compliant with the Paris Principles and by Non-Governmental organizations (NGO), in particular if the proposed projects are implemented in cooperation with State Parties and/or NPMs.

Applicants may request grants of up to US$ 20,000, for project applications implemented between 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012.

In 2011, four thematic priorities have been established:

  •     Notifications of fundamental rights to detainees in a language which they can understand
  •     Improving recreational and/or vocational activities for juveniles in detention
  •     Basic training programmes for detention personnel (with the inclusion of a focus on health care)
  •     Any other specific recommendation in the visit reports that details a pressing and compelling need.

All applications must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

The final number of grants awarded will depend on the proposed budgets of selected project applications, as well as the financial resources of the Fund.

The Call for Applications 2011-2012 will close on 30 November 2011 at 24:00 CET. For more information, visit this link.


  1. Geoffrey Odong says:

    We welcome the funding support for this action. Its a well thought out areas for intervention focus. It will help improve on the condition of juveniles in detention units.

  2. Geoffrey Odong says:

    This is a very good support to CSOs/CBOs promoting and protecting the rights of human right defenders, monitoring fair hearing for juvenile cases and their conditions in the detention centres.

    Our Vision: A vibrant community empowered to demand for their rights and quality service delivery in the district and National priority areas

  3. NIKU GEOFREY says:

    This would enhance our capacity to support juveniles in detention through skills training



    My vision is to reduce arbitrary arrest of citizens by the national security forces, police and SPLA forces in Republic of Southern Sudan

  5. Tufail Ahmed says:

    My vision is help for widow women and also orphan children and medical camp.

  6. Tufail Ahmed says:

    OHCHR is working in the best policy.

  7. Princess Victoria Umoh says:

    This application call is very timely as it relates to our visit to police detentions recently, some thing has to be done urgently to educate the detainees and the general public.

    Princess Umoh