• 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
    UPDATE: On 4 July 2018, Tom Brake MP tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of the nomination of Human Rights Defenders for the Nobel Peace Prize. The EDM reads:
  • 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.
  • 20 June 2018
    On July 1, 2018 general elections will take place in Mexico, which, as well as determining the presidency for the next 6 years, coincide with several local elections. These will be the largest elections in Mexican history with 3,400 positions being decided.
  • 13 June 2018
    PBI UK and Simmons & Simmons launch toolbox for defenders working on business and human rightsThis week marks the launch of an innovative new resource for defenders working on issues regarding business and human rights. It was produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK.
  • 13 June 2018
    The situation for land rights defenders in Guatemala is seriously and rapidly deteriorating, according to alerts released by PBI Guatemala and other human rights organisations. Since 9 May, seven indigenous leaders and activists have been killed across the country.
  • 21 May 2018
    In April 2018 Colombian human rights lawyer Luis Guillermo Pérez visited Europe in order to submit evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the killings on human rights defenders in Colombia. 2017, the first full year since the signing of the peace agreement in Colombia, was the deadliest on record for human rights defenders, with 121 killed, compared with 60 killings in 2016.

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