The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) provides direct financial support to Civil Society Organisations to stimulate the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
In Turkey, the EIDHR has funded projects for freedom of expression and independent media, strengthening human rights defenders, improved access to justice, the fight against torture and impunity, protection and respect of cultural diversity, minority rights, human rights education, gender equality, LGBTI, Roma, and youth. The EIDHR has helped to empower underrepresented groups at the local level so that they become involved in dialogue and decision-making at the national level. To date, the EIDHR has funded more than 150 projects in Turkey for a total amount of approximately €30 million. Currently, over 40 projects are ongoing.