27 January 2017
PBI Honduras has published its fourth edition of their newsletter, reflecting on human rights and the work of defenders in the country throughout 2016.
9 August 2016
International day of the world’s indigenous peoples represents an opportunity to reflect on the contribution made by indigenous communities around the globe. While the common narrative surrounding indigenous people often focuses on their vulnerability, PBI's experience working with grassroots community groups at the forefront of the struggle for land and environmental rights in Central and Latin America highlights that they are also important agents of change.
1 March 2016
In February 2016, PBI UK welcomed Kenyan Human Rights Defender Gacheke Gachihi to London. In Spring 2016 Gacheke was invited to join the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk at The Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York.(1)Gacheke Gachihi is a social justice activist who has been active in the human rights movement in Kenya for over a decade. He is a founding member of Bunge la Mwananchi (‘People’s Parliament’), an organic pro-poor social movement in Kenya historically related to popular social struggles for empowerment and participatory democracy. He is also currently a coordinator of the Mathare Social Justice Centre. Human rights defenders in Kenya face a particularly dangerous environment including criminalisation (2), harassment and NGOs face threats of closure.(3) PBI Kenya has been working with Gacheke since 2013.
18 February 2016
David Ravelo, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has to this date served five of the more than 18 years of prison he was condemned to, for allegedly plotting the murder of a Colombian public official in 1991. More information here.
25 September 2015
September 14 2015 marked five years since the prominent human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, a member of the Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS) of Barrancabermeja (Colombia), was arrested. The non-governmental organizations and international networks reiterate their concern about the lack of due process in this case which culminated with a sentence of 220 months imprisonment.Read the full press release here.
31 October 2014
Since Mr. Ravelo Crespo has been detained, national and international bodies have denounced numerious irregularities in his case. Despite this, Mr David Ravelo was convicted to 220 months in prison. On the 11th February of this year an annulment petition was filed before the Superior Tribunal of Bucaramanga, and in March the Tribunal transferred the case to the Supreme Court of Justice.
3 September 2014
The Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of Colombia in the case of David Ravelo Crespo, a Colombian human rights defender who has been in prison since 2010. Mr Ravelo is a member of CREDHOS, a regional human rights organisation in the Magdalena Medio region. David Ravelo was detained on 14 September 2010 and on 5 December 2012 was sentenced to 18 years in prison for aggravated murder. International human rights organisations have denounced the conviction as politically motivated, highlighting procedural irregularities during the trial.
22 July 2014
We are happy to be able to share some good news we have received today: The cancellation of the temporary residence permits of two volunteers of the Peace Brigades International (PBI) Guatemala Project has been reversed.1After a meeting held between the Interior Minister, Mr Mauricio López Bonilla and the diplomatic personnel of various European embassies, we have been informed that the situation was down to an unfortunate misunderstanding with regards to the identity of the named individuals.
10 December 2013
On Human Rights Day, International Organizations deplore the affirmed conviction (on appeal) of David Ravelo CrespoToday, the 10th of December, international Human Rights Day, the international organizations and networks whose signatures appear below deplore the 220 month-prison sentence of human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, member of the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights in Magdalena Medio (CREDHOS) in the city of Barrancabermeja (Colombia).
13 August 2013
In recent publications, PBI has highlighted the increase in attacks against human rights defenders in Guatemala, in particular against those engaging in the defence of economic, social, cultural rights, and the rights of indigenous people in areas where large-scale investments or development projects are being planned or implemented . In addition to these attacks, we would like to express our growing concern at the trend of detaining and initiating legal proceedings against members of civil society organizations, social movements as well as rural and indigenous communities who are simply demanding compliance with recognized human rights standards. In this regard we would like to draw special attention to the situation that has been unfolding over the past few weeks in San Juan Sacatepéquez.