On International Human Rights Day this 10 December 2014 PBI UK established a new initiative called the “Bearing Witness Fund” to honour the commitment of volunteers who offer a year of their lives for free to protect human rights defenders at risk. PBI field volunteers work around the clock if needed to protect the lives and working space of human rights  defenders.

PBI UK is raising funds to cover volunteer costs at every stage of their placement. Any donation to this fund will be doubled by a UK trust for free. A trust that has supported PBI in the past will match donations given by other donors up to a maximum amount of £20,000. Therefore, the impact of any donation to the fund will be even greater.

What your donation could pay for:

  • £10 could cover the cost of regular check in calls by volunteers to assess the security situation of human rights defenders at risk over one month
  • £25 could pay for a PBI volunteer to accompany a human rights lawyer to high-vulnerability locations to document violations and meet clients.
  • £50 could pay for two field volunteers to attend and offer vital security for a meeting of women’s rights organisations working to address sexual violence
  • £100 could pay for a PBI field volunteer to facilitate a security workshop for human rights NGOs to develop strategies for self-protection including digital security

How to donate to the “Bearing Witness Fund”

Donations can be made online on our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/bearing-witness or by sending a cheque made out to ‘PBI UK’ and sending it to our offices (1B Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ).

You can read about a day in the life of a PBI volunteer at: https://lush.co.uk/article/day-life-peace-brigade-international-observer

Thank you for your support for PBI and the many volunteers who work around the clock to ensure that human rights defenders can continue their vital work defending the rights of others.

If you are a former PBI volunteer and want to help fundraise for the Fund please contact Pam Feldman at pam@peacebrigades.org.uk