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Estonia reaffirmed its continuing support for embattled civil society organisations at the Lifeline Assistance Fund meeting


Director General of Foreign Ministry’s Political Department Paul Teesalu with his US colleague Virginia Bennett chaired a meeting of the Donor Steering Committee of the Lifeline Assistance Fund. The meeting took place at the Permanent Mission on Estonia in New York as part of the opening week of the 71st UN General Assembly. Fund’s work in supporting CSOs was discussed during the meeting.

Teesalu expressed regret that in many parts of the world, civil society is still under attack. “The work of human rights activists is worth appreciation. I am glad that the initiative of Lifeline has created additional opportunities for CSOs that are under pressure,” the Director General said. Organisations receive support from the Fund e.g. in the field of legal representation, training and international cooperation.

More than thousand civil society activists and organisations from almost one hundred countries have received support in the 5 years since the Fund was created. Estonia has been a supporter of the fund since it was founded and has supported its activities in our development cooperation partner countries with 120 000 euros.

The aim of Lifeline is to help CSOs active in difficult political conditions and people working for them, offering them additional protection from state persecution. Lifeline was launched in 2010 as an initiative of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 5667 5362


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