PBI UK is one of 16 PBI country groups whose work provides crucial support for our field projects in Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya (as well as our capacity building projects in Indonesia and Nepal). We do this in several ways.

Building political networks

PBI field volunteers are walking symbols of international support for human rights defenders, communities and organisations at risk.

Establishing ongoing dialogue and relationships with political decision makers is a key element of PBI UK’s support for threatened defenders. Through our support network, PBI can call upon influential individuals and groups in times of emergency or heightened threat.

Read more about PBI UK’s advocacy work.

Read about the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk.

Recruiting and training field volunteers

Recruiting and training volunteers and keeping them safe in the field is essential to protective accompaniment, providing visible international support and credible fact-finding.

Using discussions, presentations and role-plays, our two day orientation weekends explore PBI’s role and how protective accompaniment works. The emphasis is on looking constructively at how volunteers might react in a range of situations and helping candidates reflect on their suitability and readiness to become field volunteers.

Read more about volunteering with PBI in the field.

Raising the profile of PBI and those we protect

Increasing the profile of human rights defenders and their work helps to protect them. Through traditional and online media, social networks and a programme of speaking tours by visiting defenders and returned field volunteers, we reach out to the general public, the legal community, universities, religious groups and others.

Find out about our latest campaign to put defenders at the centre of the discussion on human rights.

The Defenders by Manu Valcarce.


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Raising funds

A diverse funding base bolsters PBI’s protection work by showing the parties in a conflict that many contributors are interested in safeguarding the legitimate nonviolent work of accompanied human rights defenders.

Read more about our fundraising and ways to donate.

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