10 October 2018
Guatemalan indigenous authority Domingo Vasquez describes his community’s struggle to defend their lands and water sources from the incursion of hydroelectric companies. Nepali human rights lawyer Badri Bhusal explains the legal processes by which civil society activism succeeded in getting the crime of torture recognised in Nepal’s penal code.
8 October 2018
PBI UK would like to send our warmest thanks to everyone who supported our campaign for the global community of Human Rights Defenders to win the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The campaign has aimed to shine a spotlight on a critical issue, at a critical moment. Human Rights Defenders are killed every day for their struggles to build peaceful societies. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to protect their lives and work.
3 October 2018
As we commemorate 4 years from the disappearance of the 43 students from the rural college of Ayotzinapa (Guerrero), PBI stands in solidarity with all those searching for their family members, coming up against unbearable impunity with strength and inspiring dignity.
10 September 2018
Human rights leaders face surveillance and harassment after President Jimmy Morales' move to cap CICIG's work and bar CICIG head from the countryGuatemalan President Jimmy Morales, in an August 31 press conference in Guatemala City, announced the non-renewal of the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
13 August 2018
Peace Brigades International field volunteers have won the 2018 LUKAS award for Contribution to Human Rights in Latin America. The award, presented by Jeremy Corbyn MP on the 9th of August, is a testament to the solidarity, commitment and tireless work of field volunteers over the years.
8 August 2018
9 August marks the International Day of Indigenous People, whose 2018 theme focuses on addressing the root causes of forced indigenous migration. The deteriorating human rights situation for rural communities in Guatemala shows that protecting indigenous activists is crucial.
25 July 2018
"These defenders are part of a global movement to protect the planet. They are on the frontline of fighting climate change, preserving ecosystems and safeguarding human rights. They stand up for causes that benefit us all: sustainability, biodiversity and justice." - Global Witness2017 was the deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders, according to a new report released on 24 July 2018 by NGO Global Witness.
4 July 2018
This June 2018, PBI Colombia coordinated and accompanied a visit of the UK Embassy in Colombia and the UN’s Colombia mission to one of the regions most ravaged by the country’s 60-year armed conflict. The Embassy’s political secretary in charge of human rights, Tom Newton, and his Colombian counsellor Andrés Urrego visited the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó before traveling to the Humanitarian Zone of Las Camelias, the Isaac Tuberquia Biodiversity Zone and the Territorial Space of Training and Reincorporation “Las Brisas” in Chocó.
2 July 2018
To mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, PBI is championing the nomination of the global community of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination was made by Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group, at the request of PBI UK.
26 June 2018
"Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war. On this day, let us also pay tribute to all those who stand in solidarity with victims and their families – and reaffirm our commitment to ending this abominable and useless practice." Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General Torture violates the inherent dignity of the human being. Its use creates societies based on fear and throttles the transformative potential of civil society.