• 20 December 2015
    In this edition we have compiled some issues related to human rights that have marked the year 2015. We consider the worrying situation of the LGBTI community and share a summary of the key moments of the “Central American Spring” experienced in Honduras in the second half of the year, which had a significant effect on the political situation in the country.
  • 20 December 2015
    “To practice journalism in a country with high levels of impunity, where they do not investigate crimes, threats, persecution and other forms of repression against journalists is to write with a gun pointed at your head... The situation of freedom of expression in Honduras is under attack and journalists’ deaths are an insult.” Dina Meza at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in March 2014.
  • 13 December 2015
    On Saturday 12 December 2015, delegates at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference signed the agreement that will form the core of the global response to climate change from the time it comes into force in 2020.While the deal was hailed by many leaders and commentators as a remarkable diplomatic success for its ambitious warming targets, representatives from indigenous nations around the world took to the streets of Paris to draw attention to the key clauses that had been removed: those that made binding commitments to the protection of human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples in climate change solutions. In the final text, all references to these rights were relegated to the non-binding, aspirational words of the preamble.
  • 12 December 2015
    “As a woman, this work isn’t easy. You have to manoeuvre, argue and put up with three times more than a man to be able to speak up and be heard.” – Silvia Méndez, Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre
  • 11 December 2015
    “They are ‘Gandhis’ and ‘Mandelas’. They are ‘Rosa Parks’ and ‘Malalas’. They are also ordinary individuals, lawyers, women activists, community leaders, journalists, unionists and environmentalists who strive to re-claim our rights and promote our freedoms.”So begins a powerful statement by Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders, ahead of International Human Rights Day on 10 December. The statement emphasises the crucial role of human rights defenders in international law, calling on states to adopt concrete measures for their protection and parliamentarians to be vigilant against laws that restrict civil society space and criminalise human rights activities.
  • 10 December 2015
    Monica Feria Tinta, Barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers piece for international Human Rights Day 2015; Featuring PBI and Shakespeare and the Law event.
  • 10 December 2015
    10 December 2014; The Law Society: Human Rights Day Seminar on Freedom of Expression. Speakers include Dina Meza (Honduras) and Mandira Sharma (Nepal)
  • 29 November 2015
    http://www.expat-chronicles.com/2011/12/understanding-uribismo-colombia/In November 2015, PBI UK welcomed Colombian human rights lawyer Luis Guillermo Pérez to London, as part of a European speaking tour in which he also attended the UN Business and Human Rights Forum in Geneva and met with representatives of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Luis Guillermo is the president of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyer’s Collective (CAJAR), which works for the defence and promotion of human rights in Colombia as a prerequisite for a just, equitable and inclusive society. Over more than 30 years, the work of CAJAR’s lawyers has resulted in landmark decisions that have improved access to justice for many victims of the country’s long-running conflict. They have faced many serious threats for this work, including being linked to insurgent organisations by government officials, and being publically identified as “military targets” by death squads. PBI has accompanied the collective since 1995. Here, Luis Guillermo talks to PBI UK about the Colombian peace process, business and human rights, and the struggles and rewards of life as a human rights defender.
  • 25 November 2015
    PBI UK Patron Sir Henry Brooke reflects on the work of PBI and his involvement with the organisation.
  • 17 November 2015
    "Pairing Shakespeare with the law at a recent PBI/Alliance for Lawyers at Risk fundraising event was a perfect marriage, writes Melissa CoutinhoMiddle Temple Hall was a fitting venue for the Peace Brigade International (PBI)...More

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