PBI celebrates 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta!

On Thursday 16th April PBI and the "Alliance for Lawyers at Risk" network celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a private viewing of “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy” exhibition at the British Library.

Guests included members of PBI’s Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and other PBI supporters and they were treated to speeches by Lord Scott of Foscott (PBI patron), Frederick Mulder CBE, Julian Harrison (exhibition Curator) and Mandira Sharma (Nepalese lawyer who has received support from PBI) before they viewed the exhibition.

PBI UK and Alliance for Lawyers at Risk Reception and Private Viewing of the "Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy" Exhibition

Around 160 people attended PBI and The Alliance for Lawyers at Risk celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the British Library on 16 April 2015. Among them were judges, barristers, solicitors, members of civil society, academics, politicians and civil servants.

The event was held to celebrate the anniversary and to honour defenders of the rule of law who are at risk for their work to uphold the principles embedded in the Magna Carta. Chaired by PBI UK patron Sir Henry Brooke CMG, the event was also addressed by PBI UK patron Lord Scott of Foscote, Nepalese Human Rights Lawyer Mandira Sharma and Dr Frederick Mulder CBE who illustrated the importance of the legacy of the Magna Carta in the work of human rights lawyers today.

PBI signs civil society proposals for the new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

Frontline Defenders, Protection International, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OBS), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and PBI call on the EU and its member states to use the revision of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy as an opportunity to be more ambitious in the support it gives to human rights defenders.   While the coalition welcomes the practical and measurable action points of the current Action Plan, the EU and its member states need to adopt a more coherent and holistic approach in their relations with human rights defenders.

PBI UK establishes "Bearing Witness Fund" to support field volunteers

On International Human Rights Day this 10 December 2014 PBI UK established a new initiative called the “Bearing Witness Fund” to honour the commitment of volunteers who offer a year of their lives for free to protect human rights defenders at risk. PBI field volunteers work around the clock if needed to protect the lives and working space of human rights  defenders.

PBI UK is raising funds to cover volunteer costs at every stage of their placement. Any donation to this fund will be doubled by a UK trust for free. A trust that has supported PBI in the past will match donations given by other donors up to a maximum amount of £20,000. Therefore, the impact of any donation to the fund will be even greater.

Human Rights Day – In support of land and environmental rights defenders

This year, PBI marks international human rights day by paying tribute to the brave HRDs who dedicate their lives to defending the land and environmental rights of vulnerable communities, and to promoting community-led solutions to growing global issues of food security and environmental sustainability. 

Ten years of the European Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

On 20 February 2014, PBI participated in the Seminar for European Union Delegations' Focal Points on Human Rights, which took place in Brussels and was organized by the European External Action Service (EEAS). The purpose of our participation was to share best practices and to illustrate the challenges we have observed over the 10 years since the implementation of the European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders began.

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