28 November 2018
Every day, more women all over the world are taking action to promote equality, peace and justice. It is these women who, whether they mean to or not, are transforming traditional gender roles and power structures by dedicating their lives to defending fundamental human rights. More and more, these extraordinary women are identifying themselves as human rights defenders. In general, it is said that women are doubly vulnerable, for being women and for defending human rights. However, they are strengthened by their determination to create positive change in our societies.
14 November 2018
Kenyan social justice activist Naomi Barasa and Colombian human rights lawyer Daniel Prado have won the first annual Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders. The awards were presented by Lady Arden DBE, at a packed event at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 13 November 2018. The event was organised by PBI UK and pro bono legal network the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, and hosted by Lord Carnwath CVO.
13 November 2018
"What gives me strength is the struggle that other people carry on - against the companies that dispossess people of their territory. To know that others continue the fight and that I am not alone."
12 November 2018
Peace Brigades International is profoundly concerned that, on 20 September 2018, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia, was informed that it was an “irreversible decision of the paramilitaries to eliminate, before the end of 2018, three leaders of the Peace Community”. Among these are included the Community’s Legal Representative, Germán Graciano Posso, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt by paramilitaries on 29 December 2017.
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.