Join us on Friday 17 June 2016 for our 35th-anniversary conference celebrating human rights defenders’ achievements in contributing to democracy and rule of law.

The event's keynote speaker is Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, who will be joined by leading international experts and activists.


The 'Building Enabling Environments for Human Rights Defenders at Risk' conference is to mark PBI's 35th anniversary and to celebrate the achievements of human rights defenders’ while highlighting the challenges they face.

Our aim is that the event will also provide a platform to discuss good practice and barriers preventing an enabling environment.

Conference speakers include human rights defenders from Colombia, Nepal, Guatemala and Kenya, high-level government representatives and staff from international NGOs, as well as legal experts and donors. 

There will be four panels:
1: Rule of Law: Uses and Abuses of the Law in relation to Human Rights Defenders
2: Access to Justice: Human Rights Defenders’ Fight for Justice
3: Business and Human Rights: Challenges and Developments
4: Strategies for Confronting Repressive Environments for Land and Environmental Rights Defenders

View the full conference programme here: PDF icon PBI UK 35th Anniversary Conference 17.6.16.pdf

Tickets are £30/£15 (concessions) with lunch included. Please note that tickets are only available in advance via Eventbrite and that photo ID is needed for entry into the event.

Event hashtag - #standwithHRD