• 18 March 2016
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” Shakespeare’s Julius CaesarPBI UK Event 2015 - "Shakespeare and the Law" from Helen Selka on Vimeo.
  • 16 March 2016
    In March 2016 Pedro Sicá, Guatemalan indigenous leader, visited London as part of a Europe wide speaker tour organised by PBI. Pedro is an indigenous Maya K’iche’ leader of the Cunén Community Council (CCC), a community organization for the defence of the land, natural resources and human rights. In the area of Cunén and northern Quiché, there are many social conflicts around hydroelectric projects, mining and high-voltage electricity pylons. PBI began accompanying CCC in 2010 due to the security risks faced by human rights defenders actively promoting the right to land, territory and natural resources in the region. 
  • 10 March 2016
    Many women have transformed from victims of the conflict, to leaders fighting for the rights of their communities, and are currently playing a fundamental role in the peace process.PBI has talked to women leaders all around Colombia for this special edition on women human rights defenders.
  • 4 March 2016
    Networks and organizations across the Americas and Europe issue a statement condemning the assassination of the Honduran human rights activist Berta Cáceres.Berta Cáceres, Lenca indigenous leader and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was murdered yesterday at her residence in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras. While expressing its deepest condolences to her family, civil society urges the Honduran authorities to invest all necessary resources to investigate, prosecute, punish those responsible and take appropriate remedy measures, including publicly dignifying the memory of Berta. The international community, the statement reads, should also “take all necessary measures to ensure that the Honduran State fulfill its human rights obligations.”
  • 1 March 2016
    In February 2016, PBI UK welcomed Kenyan Human Rights Defender Gacheke Gachihi to London. In Spring 2016 Gacheke was invited to join the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk at The Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York.(1)Gacheke Gachihi is a social justice activist who has been active in the human rights movement in Kenya for over a decade. He is a founding member of Bunge la Mwananchi (‘People’s Parliament’), an organic pro-poor social movement in Kenya historically related to popular social struggles for empowerment and participatory democracy. He is also currently a coordinator of the Mathare Social Justice Centre. Human rights defenders in Kenya face a particularly dangerous environment including criminalisation (2), harassment and NGOs face threats of closure.(3) PBI Kenya has been working with Gacheke since 2013.
  • 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.
  • 18 February 2016
    Technical Director of Honduran LGBT Organisation Arco Iris speaks out on the situation in Honduras."We don’t fight because we want to be martyrs, not at all, and much less do we seek to become cold statistics, we fight..." More.
  • 18 February 2016
    David Ravelo, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has to this date served five of the more than 18 years of prison he was condemned to, for allegedly plotting the murder of a Colombian public official in 1991. More information here.
  • 15 February 2016
    It is with great regret that we announce the loss of one of our Patrons, Lord Avebury, who passed away on the 14 February 2016. Lord Avebury was known for his long-lasting career in Parliament and the House of Lords. Lord Avebury was an influential advocate for a wide variety of victims of human rights abuses and has been a key supporter to the work of PBI UK as Patron over the last years.
  • 3 February 2016
    This alert is due to the deteriorating security situation of the LGBT organisation Arcoiris, who have seen 6 of their members murdered since June last year, 5 of these since PBI began accompanying them in July. The situation culminated in the murder of Paola Barraza, a member of Arcoiris' group of trans women known as Grupo Muñecas and member of Arcoiris' board of directors for more than eight years who was murdered on January 24th, 2016.