HURIDOCS celebrates 30 years with Bert Verstappen!

The team celebrates Bert’s 30 years at HURIDOCS

On behalf of the team and board of HURIDOCS, it is our great pleasure to congratulate Bert Verstappen on his 30th work anniversary with HURIDOCS.

A trained historian, Bert has been working with HURIDOCS since 1987. He has coordinated the work of different task forces and co-authored essential HURIDOCS publications. Today he is involved in many capacity building projects, providing expertise mainly from the documentation angle.

Thirty years of dedication to human rights, documentation and, increasingly, technology would be exceptional by any measure. But Bert’s tenure with HURIDOCS shines even brighter. Few are so humble, so willing to continuously learn, so persistent when the going gets tough and remain positive, irrespective of how difficult situations are. Bert is an inspiration for of his colleagues and HURIDOCS would be impossible to imagine without him. As many have said throughout the years: “If Bert is well, HURIDOCS is well.”

Our partners deeply respect Bert for the contributions he has made and is making to their work in promoting and protecting human rights. It is difficult to even imagine the number of human rights defenders he has trained and inspired in 30 years, but we know that many of them have taken the skills and tools to further their work defending human rights and supporting those who have become victims of human rights violations.

Please join us in congratulating Bert by adding a comment below!

Bert Verstappen: helping human rights orgs manage documents for 30 years!


8 Responses to HURIDOCS celebrates 30 years with Bert Verstappen!

  1. Carlos Saldarriaga 21 August, 2017 at 15:36 #

    Un cálido y enorme abrazo a Bert. Felicitaciones por el aniversario y agradecimiento por su trabajo en la lucha por los DDHH.

  2. Samson 21 August, 2017 at 17:05 #

    Congratulations Bert. I was your intern in 1995.

    Samson Ambaye
    Ottawa, Canada

  3. stefania 7 September, 2017 at 10:13 #

    I love the gif!
    Congratulations again, Bert!

    Venice, Italy

  4. Ellen Walker 7 September, 2017 at 13:28 #

    Congratulations, Bert, on this inspirational achievement and thank you for all that you have done. Indeed, to another 30 years!

  5. Judith Dueck 7 September, 2017 at 15:10 #

    Love the video!! Bert – you are an inspiration. I met you in 1988, I think. We worked together on so many different projects and issues. You have had a big impact – and continue to do so. Many many congratulations!

  6. Pascal 7 September, 2017 at 16:55 #

    Hi Bert, you were a great inspiration for me in July! Best wishes and warmest greetings from Brazil!

    Pascal (Docip)

  7. Yves Lador, Earthjustice-Geneva 10 September, 2017 at 20:00 #

    Hey Bert, It’s great to see that you’re still on board and active. That’s perseverance ! Looking forward to see our path cross again. All the best

  8. Samia Islam 16 October, 2017 at 10:28 #

    Congratulations Bert! Wish you that you can serve for more 30 years!


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