24 February 2016
On the 23rd of February 2016 Members of the European Parliament signed a letter showing support for Colombian Journalist and human Rights Defenders Claudia Julieta Duque a victim of psychological torture.See the letter here.
20 December 2015
“To practice journalism in a country with high levels of impunity, where they do not investigate crimes, threats, persecution and other forms of repression against journalists is to write with a gun pointed at your head... The situation of freedom of expression in Honduras is under attack and journalists’ deaths are an insult.” Dina Meza at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in March 2014.
12 December 2015
“As a woman, this work isn’t easy. You have to manoeuvre, argue and put up with three times more than a man to be able to speak up and be heard.” – Silvia Méndez, Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre
10 December 2015
10 December 2014; The Law Society: Human Rights Day Seminar on Freedom of Expression. Speakers include Dina Meza (Honduras) and Mandira Sharma (Nepal)
23 September 2015
On 22 September in Mexico City, 21 Mexican women human rights defenders took part in a roundtable with 14 representatives of the diplomatic corps in Mexico, in which participants reflected on the implementation of the EU Guidelines on human rights defenders and on the prevention of violence against women. The roundtable was organised within the framework of an EU project which aims to develop tools to help Mexican WHRDs strengthen their capacities in areas crucial to their work. As part of the project, PBI is developing a learning platform to build defenders’ skills in advocacy and campaigning, awareness of national, regional and international protection mechanisms, and tools for reporting and documenting violations. This platform opens an educational space for the concept of integral protection and security through courses, workshops and roundtables in which participants can convey their protection needs to the diplomatic corps.
5 August 2015
The CEDEHM legally represents victims and families of femicide, enforced disappearances, torture, people trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, and furthermore litigates in the international and national sphere for protection measures for human rights defenders. The members of the Center explain that the work they do takes place in a context of violence in the state of Chihuahua, which claims a high rate of murders and threats against human rights defenders. According to the Center, Chihuahua is characterized by impunity, absence of political will on the part of state institutions, resource constraints as well as the constant threats from the main groups of power in the state. Due to threats, harassment and various security incidents, members of the organization have had precautionary measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since 2008.
10 November 2014
Guardian article about the Colombian HRDs who visited London last month
24 July 2014
In May 2014 Isabel Turuy Patzan, a representative of the 12 Communities in Resistance since 2009, visited London on a speaking tour organised by PBI UK. Read his interview with Minority Voices here.
28 November 2013
In Brussels on 5 November 2013, a consortium made up of PBI UK, the Mexican Commission to Defend and Promote Human Rights (CMDPDH) and Conexx presented the project “Protecting human rights defenders through building capacity and visibility”.
27 August 2013
"Some violations against WHRDs take gender specific forms, ranging from verbal abuse to stigmatisation, to sexual abuse to rape... WHRDs are criminalised and in many instances they are attacked. They are particularly at risk in situations of conflict or widespread violence." Dolores Infante, Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, speaking at PBI's conference, Women human rights defenders: Empowering and protecting the change-makers.