Amsterdam City Rights stands for community building based on human rights. It is an independent thinktank for and by undocumented people and refugees in limbo. It fights for human rights like the right to housing, education, empowerment, emancipation, a dignified life. It challenges both the city and its residents to develop creative and innovative iniatives which reach further than the standard framework of the national government. It focusses on the power of the city in the fight against inequality and exclusion and does this by supporting initiatives of undocumented people for self-organisation, education and empowerment.
An important part of the work done by Amsterdam City Rights foucesses on signaling and monitoring the bottlenecks and struggles around the position of undocumented people in the city. After signaling the team draft strategies for improvement by lobbying at the relevant institutions, like the effective lobby done on shelters. Amsterdam City Rights does this always looking for partnerorganisations to strengthen the coalition and the lobby power.
Amsterdam City Rights starts from the point of the view of the most marginalised in our society, people without documents. By putting them at the front of the fight for an inclusive city we strengthen the human rights of all marginalised groups in the city.