Peace Brigades International provides protection, support and recognition to local human rights defenders who work in areas of repression and conflict and have requested our support.
We advocate at all levels – from the soldier at a local check point to national governments and international bodies like the UN – for international human rights accountability.
Our international volunteers on the ground send a powerful message that the world is watching and prepared to act.
Read more about PBI's strategy of international protective accompaniment.
PBI UK is one of 16 PBI country groups whose work complements and supports our field projects in Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and NKenya (as well as our capacity building projects in Indonesia and Nepal). We do this in several ways.
Building political networks
PBI field volunteers are walking symbols of international support for human rights defenders at risk.
Establishing ongoing dialogue and relationships with political decision makers is a key element of PBI UK’s support for threatened defenders. Through our support network, PBI can call upon influential individuals and groups in times of emergency or heightened threat.
Read more about PBI UK’s advocacy work.
Read about the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk.
Recruiting and training field volunteers
Recruiting and training volunteers and keeping them safe in the field is essential to protective accompaniment, providing visible international support and credible fact-finding.
Using discussions, presentations and role-plays, our two day orientation weekends explore PBI’s role and how protective accompaniment works. The emphasis is on looking constructively at how volunteers might react in a range of situations and helping candidates reflect on their suitability and readiness to become field volunteers.
Read more about volunteering with PBI in the field.
Raising the profile of PBI and those we protect
Increasing the profile of human rights defenders and their work helps to protect them. Through traditional and online media, social networks and a programme of speaking tours by visiting defenders and returned field volunteers, we reach out to the general public, the legal community, universities, religious groups and others.
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A diverse funding base bolsters PBI’s protection work by showing the parties in a conflict that many contributors are interested in safeguarding the legitimate nonviolent work of accompanied human rights defenders.
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