International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements in the political and social spheres, while also serving as a reminder that the fight for true gender equality is still far from over. Every day, PBI witnesses the actions and impacts of courageous women who take a stance against injustice and the violation of their rights.
24 January 2017 marked the seventh Day of the Endangered Lawyer. While this year’s focus will be on China, we also want to take this day as an opportunity to highlight the situation for lawyers in the countries where PBI works.
Lawyers challenging those responsible for human rights violations pay an extremely high price - they may have their work obstructed, be followed, watched, harassed, subjected to spurious prosecutions, killed or ‘forcibly disappeared’.
4 October 2016
Reflections on the referendum results
On this International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances PBI recognises the challenges that victims of enforced disappearances face and celebrates their victories in achieving justice.
Peace Brigades International – PBI Colombia greets the signature of the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) with great enthusiasm, and congratulates Colombian civil society, victims and human rights organisations for the tireless work they have done for decades to build peace in Colombia, searching for a negotiated end to the armed conflict and for their numerous contributions to the peace agreement.
In April 2016 Padre Alberto Franco and Jani Silva, Colombian human rights defenders, visited London as part of a Europe wide speaker tour organised by PBI.
Father Alberto Franco is the executive secretary of the human rights NGO Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP). The work of the CIJP focuses on the field accompaniment Afro-Colombian, indigenous and peasant farmer communities.
Deadline is 17 January 2016 for training to take place in September 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.
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.