The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox is the first centralised online resource for rural communities and lawyers dealing with corporate human rights violations (also available in Spanish). Throughout 2020 PBI UK and Simmons and Simmons rolled out a capacity building programme for human rights defenders at risk through a series of webinars connected to the Toolbox.

Webinar 1: Introduction to the Human Rights Defenders Toolbox.

Trainers:

- Chris Owen Litigation Partner at Simmons & Simmons who gave his insights into the current panorama for Business and Human Rights

- Victoria Channing, pro-bono manager at Simmons & Simmons. Victoria is a commercially focused legal professional with an MBA and experience of practising overseas and in-house.

- Susi Bascon, Director Peace Brigades international UK, an organisation that provides tailored support and protection to over 1000 human rights defenders around the world.

- Donald Hernandez, Human rights lawyer at the Honduran Centre for Community Promotion and Development and winner of the Sir Henry Brooke Awards 2019.

- Alirio Uribe Muñoz, a high profile human rights lawyer and Executive Director of CCAJAR, the renown ‘Jose Alvear Restrepo’ Lawyers’ Collective (Corporación Colectivo de Abogados ‘Jose Alvear Restrepo’). CCAJAR is an internationally respected law firm working on some of the most important and high profile human rights cases, domestically in Colombia and internationally.

Webinar 2: Human Rights Defenders Toolbox - Policy Statements and Human Rights Due Dilligence.

Trainers:

- Chris Owen Litigation Partner at Simmons & Simmons who gave his insights into the current panorama for Business and Human Rights

- Victoria Channing, pro-bono manager at Simmons & Simmons. Victoria is a commercially focused legal professional with an MBA and experience of practising overseas and in-house.