13 January 2020
2019 saw the growth of social movements across the world; from environmentalists to feminists, people from different countries, different ages and different world views took the decision to actively make their voices heard and to participate in the construction of dynamic democracies.
10 December 2019
In celebration of International Human Rights Day, we are proud to announce the release of ‘The Defenders’, a short film by Manu Valcarce exploring the experience of being a human rights defender in countries where the rule of law is fragile.
2 December 2019
Nobel Peace Prize NominationThroughout 2018, we ran a global campaign championing defenders for the Nobel Prize, and successfully raised awareness about the issues they face, and the important role they play in upholding the rule of law and building peaceful societie
20 November 2019
Browse our impact report to learn more about our work in 2018-19, such as with land and environmental defenders and freedom of the press.Download it here
14 November 2019
Last Thursday, PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk announced the winners of the second Sir Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders.
28 October 2019
JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT24 October 2019
3 October 2019
Over 40,000 people are disappeared across Mexico.Some of these 40,000 may be alive, and some make up the 26,000 bodies that lie unidentified in morgues across the country. The terrifying figures of forced disappearance in Mexico speak not only of the crisis of extreme violence the country is living through, but also of the deep need to address structural injustices that allow human rights violations to continue without investigation or the punishing of those responsible.
29 July 2019
The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox, produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK, was nominated for the 2019 Law Society Legal Excellence award for Excellence in Pro Bono.
16 July 2019
In the early hours of the 7th of July 2019, the trans activist and sex worker Bessy Ferrera, was shot dead. Bessy was a member of LGBTQI+ organisation ArcoIris and a focal point within the “Rights Here and Now” Platform.Bessy Ferrera was a transgender and sex rights defender and member of Arcoíris, an organisation that provides support to LGBTI+ persons who are victims of violence, works on awareness initiatives, promotes HIV prevention programmes, and lobbies the Honduran government to advance LGBTI+ rights in the country.
27 June 2019
As pride month reaches its culmination, LGBTI people across the world are participating in marches and events proudly showing they exist and are part of our communities. In many countries, however, LGBTI people are still discriminated against and human rights defenders working so that LGBTI people can enjoy their fundamental rights face threats, attacks and criminalisation.