Naomi Barasa and Daniel Prado win first annual Henry Brooke Awards

Kenyan social justice activist Naomi Barasa and Colombian human rights lawyer Daniel Prado have won the first annual Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders. The awards were presented by Lady Arden DBE, at a packed event at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 13 November 2018. The event was organised by PBI UK and pro bono legal network the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, and hosted by Lord Carnwath CVO.

Colombian Peace Community receives new assassination threats

Peace Brigades International is profoundly concerned that, on 20 September 2018, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia, was informed that it was an “irreversible decision of the paramilitaries to eliminate, before the end of 2018, three leaders of the Peace Community”. Among these are included the Community’s Legal Representative, Germán Graciano Posso, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt by paramilitaries on 29 December 2017.

The land and environmental defenders facing the deadliest year on record

"These defenders are part of a global movement to protect the planet. They are on the frontline of fighting climate change, preserving ecosystems and safeguarding human rights. They stand up for causes that benefit us all: sustainability, biodiversity and justice." - Global Witness

2017 was the deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders, according to a new report released on 24 July 2018 by NGO Global Witness.

UK Embassy delegation visits Colombian communities still shadowed by conflict

This June 2018, PBI Colombia coordinated and accompanied a visit of the UK Embassy in Colombia and the UN’s Colombia mission to one of the regions most ravaged by the country’s 60-year armed conflict. The Embassy’s political secretary in charge of human rights, Tom Newton, and his Colombian counsellor Andrés Urrego visited the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó before traveling to the Humanitarian Zone of Las Camelias, the Isaac Tuberquia Biodiversity Zone and the Territorial Space of Training and Reincorporation “Las Brisas” in Chocó.

UK Parliament expresses concern over killings of HRDs in Colombia

On December 20th 2017 Ann Clwyd MP tabled an early day motion (EDM) in parliament on the critical situation in Colombia for human rights defenders. This statement comes after the killings of prominent land rights defenders Mario Castaño Bravo and Hernán Bedoya at the end of 2017. The EDM reads:

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